Hundreds of lights, more than a million bulbs, two generators, a decorated horse, thousands raised for charity and a month of hard work to set it all up. No, this is not a new version of the famous carol 12 Days of Christmas, but the incredible festive lights display in Turves which is bringing joy to thousands of people.
For the second year running Robert and Amanda Dempsey have turned their home into a Christmas wonderland and watched as every evening people come over to see the incredible lights display draped across their two-acre property.
And in scenes mimicking the annual spectacle outside of The Championships in Wimbledon, hundreds have even been queuing down the street before being able to enter the Willow House in 122 Duncombe’s Road, PE7 2DS, to see surely the biggest Christmas lights display in the East of England.
Robert said: “There’s a big willow tree at the front and we wrapped 5,000 lights around it just for our own pleasure.
“We are watching telly and we see car after car coming by.
“We don’t normally see cars coming here and I said ‘it can’t be because of the lights.’
“So I went to stop them and they said ‘it is the lights we have come to look at’.”
The decision was then made to decorate the house more and raise money for Cancer Research UK after Robert lost his mum to the disease.
The first year in 2014 raised £2,200 which has already been matched this time around, with the display on show to the public every evening from 5 to 9 pm between November 28 and December 31.
Robert added: “When they come to see it they say the photographs do not do it justice.”
Although the 50 foot willow tree is the star attraction and can be seen from the road between Whittlesey and March, Robert (48) and Amanda (49) have even dressed up 17-year-old horse Rosie who is bringing joy to visiting children.
Robert currently has one car-sized diesel generator at his house and has another on its way, but he insists he is not taking a heavy beating on his electricity bills due to the fixed monthly direct debit he pays.
He added that the lights have so far cost £20-30,000 and are bought all year round on consumer website eBay.
And not only are they drawing in his three grandchildren but als0 couples from as far away as Great Yarmouth.
Robert said: “They saw it on the telly but he did not tell the wife where they were going.”
An industrial snow machine and nativity scene now make the property a winter wonderland yet Robert, who runs a business which repairs and repaints the outside of homes, is looking to get even more lights next year thanks to his new generator.
He added: “We get a lot of pleasure from it.”
To find out more, visit: http://willowhousechristmaslights.co.uk/index.html.