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Spirit of Christmas shines over sea

PUBLISHED: 20:44 27 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

THE spirit of Christmas is shining over the North Sea today.

Boats sailing past Felixstowe will be able to join in with the festivities thanks to a giant Santa in his sleigh lit up for all to see.

THE spirit of Christmas is shining over the North Sea today.

Boats sailing past Felixstowe will be able to join in with the festivities thanks to a giant Santa in his sleigh lit up for all to see.

The huge illumination is lighting up the seafront outside the Bartlet Hospital on Undercliff Road West.

As well as looking out over the sea, patients at the hospital can be cheered up by the seasonal lights outside their window.

The lights were donated by Edwin Underwood and his wife Pamela, the owners of Underwood's newsagents in the town.

They decided to give them to a good cause after they had been sitting in storage for around three years.

When they donated the lights to Felixstowe Lion's Club it was decided to light up the hospital grounds with them.

The switch on ceremony took place last night watched by Mr and Mrs Underwood, the Mayor Harry Dangerfield, members of the Lions Club and staff and patients from the hospital.

Matron Anne Clarke said: "I think it looks brilliant – the patients have been interested in it all week while they have been putting up the scaffolding.

"It is something we have not done before."

Mr Dangerfield said that the lights looked absolutely spectacular.

He said: "I'm very pleased with them and I am sure the passing boats will be very interested in them."

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