Video and photo gallery: Is this the most festive house in Norfolk?

The home of Barry and Jane Cockrill has been transformed into a winter wonderland  with the use of thousands of Christmas lights.  
Barry and Jane. The home of Barry and Jane Cockrill has been transformed into a winter wonderland with the use of thousands of Christmas lights. Barry and Jane.

Monday, December 2, 2013
10:23 AM

“It started off with just one reindeer,” recalled Jane Cockrill.

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The home of Barry and Jane Cockrill has been transformed into a winter wonderland  with the use of thousands of Christmas lights.  The home of Barry and Jane Cockrill has been transformed into a winter wonderland with the use of thousands of Christmas lights.

But as she and husband Barry – Caister’s own Mr and Mrs Christmas – switched on their Christmas lights this year, the days of a solitary Rudolph must seem a distant memory.

Mr Cockrill, grinning in his Christmas pudding jumper, explained it took him four weeks “with a few days off here and there” to turn their Kipling Close cul-de-sac home into a shrine to Christmas.

This year, he explained, there are four arches with 2,500 lights between them, a kiddies corner with polar bears, penguins, reindeer, Father Christmas in his sleigh, four lanterns on the wall, 100mm wide string lights from the gutter to the damp course, two snowmen on the roof, two towers on the lower roof and the tree and the lawn are painted white.

The result is neighbours peering through their net curtains, deliverymen stopping for photos and children flocking from far and wide.

The home of Barry and Jane Cockrill has been transformed into a winter wonderland  with the use of thousands of Christmas lights.  
Barry and Jane with Willow, Daisy and Leanne Freeman.The home of Barry and Jane Cockrill has been transformed into a winter wonderland with the use of thousands of Christmas lights. Barry and Jane with Willow, Daisy and Leanne Freeman.

Last night the 66-year-old grandfather – who said the trick is “don’t look at the energy bill” – had a special switch-on event with around 100 guests.

“Before the lights we had a laser display, just to keep people interested,” he said.

He has also invested in a snow machine, yet still has a nagging feeling that he has missed something.

“As I’ve put things up I’m thinking about things for next year already,” he said. “I wish I had done such and such – the children remember.”

And his eyes lit up as he added: “We haven’t had time to do inside yet…”

This year donations taken at the display will help four-year-old Willow Freeman, of Great Yarmouth, who has a rare intestinal condition.

Do you have an impressive Christmas lights display this year? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

5 comments

  • That is truly awful and I thank Him up above that I do not live near it. Can I give a donation for them to switch it off?

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    alecto

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Hayley, could be a lucky guess, but try Kipling Close, Caister. I think it's a cul-de-sac.

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    crunchy dick

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • where is this would love see it and make a donation for the little boy

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    Hayley-Marie Tortice

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Hayley , you might also discover that Willow is not a little boy , the clue is in the photo.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Has there ever been a more tacky display? Very classy.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Monday, December 2, 2013

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