Bright spark Wayne Skinner and his generous family are raising hundreds of pounds for charity with a massive Christmas lights display at their home.
Electrician Wayne and his mum and dad, Susan and John, of North View Street, Bolsover, have decked their home from top to bottom with fairylights, illuminations, displays and music.
And the decorations on the two-bed semi use so much power that the family has to make flasks of tea before switching the lights on so they don’t overload the system by boiling the kettle.
Wayne, who has loved the Blackpool illuminations all his life, said: “I’ve always wanted to get a job working on the Blackpool Illuminations but I think they only employ people who live nearby, so I decided to make my own. It’s a nice thing to put a hobby into making people smile, making people happy and raising money for charity at the same time.
“It’s a win-win. Everyone benefits.”
The 26-year-old and his dad John spend about seven weeks every year festooning their home with every kind of imaginable decoration.
And together with mum Susan, they have raised thousands of pounds from donations from passers-by for different charities since they first started lighting up their home for Christmas 12 years ago.
But the family, which has even bought displays from Blackpool illuminations, has surpassed itself this year as whizz-kid Wayne now uses a computer to program the lights to flash in sequence with the music.
They have also introduced a pixel matrix screen for the first time and use a reindeer cam which screens admirers into the Skinners’ front room.
He added: “It took me three-and-half hours to program Frozen which is the latest song we’ve added.
“If it’s raining people can still hear the music in their cars as I broadcast it on 93FM.”
The family dare not estimate a figure on the overall cost but they expect to be facing an extra £500 on their electricity bill in the new year.
But it’s all for a good cause and for great Christmas cheer with donations from admirers and passers-by going to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
Residents with their own outdoor Christmas light displays are urged to send their pictures and details to firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/derbyshiretimes for publication.
Pictures courtesy of Rod Kirkpatrick of F Stop Press.