A dad-of-three has turned his house into a quirky festive light show for charity.
Ben Martin, 30, has spent hundreds of pounds on LEDs, software and inflatables, so a twinkling display will ‘dance’ to dub-step festive tunes and Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You at his home in Willow Coppice, Lea.
His inspiration has come from YouTube videos of American set-ups.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time”, said the self-employed carpet fitter.
“It’s the whole front of the house and the garden.
“The colour theme is reds and blues, and the lights are all round the windows, there is a Father Christmas and a big tree.”
Ben has bought specialist software to run a schedule of lighting displays to go with his chosen tracks, which only play at allotted times.
For the rest of the time they are switched on, the lights will be stable, and Ben had the unenviable task of manually setting up each decoration.
He added: “It’s been a big job, but it’s been worth it.
“In America they go massive with stuff like this, but this is only my first year, so we will be getting bigger and better as it goes on.
“My boys have been really excited about it, and my eldest, Lucas, keeps telling everyone at school about it.”
Ben says his neighbours are behind the display and have even offered to add extra decorations to their homes.
He will also set up a projector which will beam an image through a window of Father Christmas delivering presents.
Ben said: “You never know, in years to come, we might have a whole street with big displays. People have asked about the cost of electricity, but I haven’t really thought about it. LED lights are pretty cheap to run, but it is what it is, and it’s for a good cause.”
A collection box for the charity Kids 4 Kidz, a community theatre group, has been placed outside the house.
A launch event, set for Saturday, December 5, will include people dressed as cartoon characters. The lights will run until the end of December.
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