Light up your lives at Christmas!
IF Santa Claus loses his map this Christmas, the children of Felixstowe have no need to worry.For it will not be hard to spot the resort as he flies in his sleigh from Lapland.
By Richard Cornwell
IF Santa Claus loses his map this Christmas, the children of Felixstowe have no need to worry.
For it will not be hard to spot the resort as he flies in his sleigh from Lapland.
The disappearance of the seafront illuminations will not faze him, and he won't even have to rely on the port lights to guide him, because the seaside town now has a far brighter landmark – just for the festive season.
Lindley House residential home in Leopold Road can be seen glowing from quite a distance.
For its owners Yvonne and Leslie Missen have decorated the outside of the two-storey building with an array of festive figures – including Father Christmas, choirboys and snowmen – loads of lights, and a Christmas tree.
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And the display is all in a good cause, with people who enjoy it being asked to donate to the memorial fund in aid of murdered Trimley teenager Vicky Hall.
"We have put the lights up now for six years and someone said we should do it for a charity and we thought what a nice idea," said Mrs Missen.
"Lots of people – especially children – come to look at the lights, or stop for a few minutes outside in their car, and I think they give a lot of people pleasure.
"We used to go round and look at other people's lights and see how they had decorated their homes and then we started by putting up just a few. Now it seems to grow every year!"
The couple, who have run the home for 18 years, plan to put the lights on each day from 4.30pm to 9.30pm.
The Vicky Hall Memorial Fund is raising money to provide a sports pavilion for Trimley St Mary and has so far raised £100,000.
* Spruce up your Santas, rub down your reindeers and fix up your fairy lights, as we're searching for Suffolk's brightest and best decorated Christmas houses.
The five winners will get £100 to be donated to a charity of their choice.
For instance the Hunn family of Sandhurst Avenue, Ipswich, are asking viewers of their light display, which is turned on from 4pm to midnight every day, to contribute to the NSPCC .
Whether you brighten up your back yard, rig up your roof or cheer up your
chimney pots, give us a call now because we want the pictures to prove that the outside of your house makes it the best dressed Christmas house in Suffolk.
If you know of a house that stands a chance of winning, the Evening Star, with the help of your local British Gas sales advisors, will judge the most festive houses in Ipswich. Write to David Kindred at the Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or email david.kindred@evening star.co.uk to nominate your favourite decorated house or business in Suffolk.