Crowds gather as festive lights go on show

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Christmas Light Switch On

Amberley Close Christmas lights Pic © Grace Plowman JMU Journalism

The spirit of Christmas was alive and well on the Wirral as neighbours flicked the switch on their latest dazzling light show.

Amberley Close in Moreton was illuminated by numerous festive displays in a tradition which has now been running for around 20 years.

Karen Williams, the organiser and house owner, told JMU Journalism: “It started with one set of lights, and it just went further and further and further.”

Explaining how they manage to create the scene, she said: “As me and my husband both work, we only have weekends. We could do it in around a week if we were out from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5 at night. I put my own and my neighbour’s up as well, because they can’t get up on the ladders.”

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Karen has dedicated most of her time to organising the light show and the switch-on attracted a large crowd.

She told JMU Journalism: “I have a red post box, all the kids put a letter to Santa in there, with their name and address on. I hand write them all a letter back and post it back to them, all out of my own pocket.

“Around 12 years ago I decided to do it for charity, because I had people knocking on my door every night asking if they could donate some money.”

Having originally done it just for the benefit of local children and their,  she now donates all the money raised to Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Over the years, the displays have raised over £25,000. For Amberley Close it’s not just about raising money, it’s about bringing the community together at this special time of year.

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