Lighting up the night for great causes

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From inflatable snowmen to sparkling polar bears, families across Lancashire have certainly entered into the festive spirit.

Houses throughout the region have been decking their halls with the finest Christmas decorations, including glowing reindeer and life-size nativities.

And some keen families have been spreading festive cheer and raising cash for charities at the same time.

Deryk Scargill, 67, has decorated his Clayton Brook home for the last 15 years, and has chosen a different charity each year.

People drive for miles to see the display outside his house on School Field, which include an illuminated nativity scene and a sleigh on the roof.

Ian Winrow, of Lytham Road in Preston, also decorates his home in spectacular style to raise money for charity - this year for St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall.

A blow-up Santa and snowman can be seen outside his Ashton-on-Ribble house, but, as reported in yesterday’s Lancashire Evening Post, an inflatable Homer Simpson was sadly damaged by vandals some time after these pictures were taken.

Meanwhile, kind-hearted Alan Partridge and Kathryn Rice lit up their home in Parkside, Lea, for the Alzheimer’s Society.

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