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Monday, December 10, 2012

It's a cracker: Incredible 100,000 festive light display which takes electrician ONE MONTH to build

By DAILY MAIL

Teamwork: Mr Goodhind's friend Graham Fryer helped him finish the amazing display

It looks like something out of a fairy story, but this is the wondrous, real-life scene created at the home of electrician Alex Goodhind.
The Christmas cornucopia of nearly 100,000 lights illuminates Mr Goodhind's detached home in Melksham, Wiltshire, and takes him a month to complete.
But it isn't just for his benefit the glorious display helps raise thousands of pounds for charity thanks to the donations from the hundreds of people who visit to see it for themselves.

Fairy story: With hundreds of lights and figurines it is hard to believe the house isn't part of a film set

Married father Mr Goodhind, 43, started the tradition eight years ago after deciding to make use of all the lights and decorations he had gathered over the years.

Magical: Coachloads of people flock to take in the Christmas wonderland which takes a month to put up

Colourful: Children stand in thrall of the display which costs nearly £30,000 to put up every year

After raising £4,000 for the Dorothy House Hospice in nearby Bradford on Avon in 2009, he took a two year break but he decided to start again and hopes to raise even more for the charity this year.
Despite the coachloads of visitors who flock to the suburban street to catch a glimpse of his display, Mr Goodhind says most neighbours are supportive of his decision to switch on the lights once again.


Mr Goodhind has even installed a snow machine to make the display even more more festive

He said: 'Some of the neighbours might have been glad when we stopped, but I wanted to do it again, for Dorothy House.
'My mum was in there before she died, so I've always been keen to stick with them.'
Despite costing him nearly £30,000, he won't be stopping any time soon.

Vast: Nearly 100,000 lights are used in in the display

'I've been collecting lights and decorations for more than 15 years, so it's just sort of grown as I add new pieces each year.
'There are some new pieces in there this year that I'm particularly excited about.'
Luckily, he's got friends like Kim Bailey and fellow electrician Graham Fryer to help with arduous task of completing the job.
Ms Bailey said: 'Alex doesn't like to make a big fuss of it himself, he just does it for the charity.'

Even the CCTV cameras that watch over Mr Goodhind's home get a Christmas makeover

source: dailymail



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