Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Les Is Leading Light for Incredible Shows

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Les Is Leading Light for Incredible Shows

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Byline: By Jennifer Bradbury

Les Murray's home and garden, in Park Rise, Lemington, Newcastle, are winter wonderlands.

There are lights everywhere.

Over the past five years he's gone from, in his eyes, a modest, 1,000 fairy lights to a staggering 5,481 lights this year.

Les, 35, a joiner, says the original idea to light-up his home and garden over the festive period, came after a holiday in Florida.

It was Christmas 1991 and as he was driving along he came upon a house decked out in white mini-lights. The effect simply blew him away.

"I thought, I'd like to do something like that," he says. But it wasn't until eight years later that he decided to have a go at emulating what he'd seen in the States.

So how much has his interest in Christmas lights over the years cost him? "I dread to think," he says. Though he admits: "Instead of spending my money on beer I spend it on lights."

One of his best discoveries over the years have been rope lights - he's got a rope light tree and rope light santa and child amongst his collection.

His theme this year is white lights and stars, and regular visitors (he's got his fans after news of his brightly lit home spread across Tyneside) will no doubt spot some new additions.

The extra additions include two new light boxes in the background, depicting some North East architectural gems including the Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge, Lemington Glass Works, and St Nicholas' Cathedral.

There's also a shooting star rope light, a light up crescent moon, a garland around the front door and a new snowflake display.

In the garden the tree is covered with more than 500 red, white and blue star lights. In fact, all the plants are covered with lights and on top of that there are 34 Daisy lights plus a new, four feet tall snowman.

It takes him three solid weeks to put al the lights up and the display lasts for the whole of December. …

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