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PUBLISHED: 10:37 09 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich family is tripping the Christmas lights fantastic as a corner of the town shines a light for a children's charity.

The Hunn family's sparkling tribute to the festive season includes a mind-boggling thirty-four Father Christmases, 12 snowmen, seven gnomes, five reindeer, four stars, two sleighs…and a penguin.

AN Ipswich family is tripping the Christmas lights fantastic as a corner of the town shines a light for a children's charity.

The Hunn family's sparkling tribute to the festive season includes a mind-boggling thirty-four Father Christmases, 12 snowmen, seven gnomes, five reindeer, four stars, two sleighs…and a penguin.

For the past five years Tony and Janice Hunn have draped their Sandhurst Avenue home in a forest of lights – and the past two have used their colourful display to raise money for charity.

A collection box outside their house collected a total of £136 last year for the NSPCC and this year any money raised is going to East Anglia's Children's Hospice.

"We started off with a couple of strings of rope lights and a couple of snowmen – and you could say it snowballed from there," said mother-of-three Mrs Hunn, who works as senior dinner supervisor at Orwell Junior School where her husband is acting deputy head.

The de-light-ful couple have clocked up thousands of miles in their search for the perfect light display, travelling to Wales and Belgium to pick up trinkets – and their neighbours couldn't be more appreciative.

"They never seem to shut their curtains – everyone loves it," said Mrs Hunn. "We even get people gathering around the house when it's lighting-up time at 4pm.

"All the children in the avenue help put up the lights," she added, describing the three-week operation to set them all up. "It really brightens up the avenue."


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