Family welcomes visitors to enjoy glistening lights display for charity

Mandy Squires and her daughter, Hannah, with their Christmas lights at their home at Thurton. Pictur

Mandy Squires and her daughter, Hannah, with their Christmas lights at their home at Thurton. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A mother of three from Thurton is welcoming visitors to her home for the second year to raise funds for charity through her Christmas lights display.

Christmas lights at Mandy Squires' home at Thurton. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Christmas lights at Mandy Squires' home at Thurton. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Mandy Squires and her partner David Ward take pride in decorating their home each year with thousands of twinkling lights, Santa, reindeer and snowmen figures and a traditional manger scene.

And the couple are welcoming visitors to enjoy their display, with any donations going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ms Squires, 45, said: 'We've been doing the lights since my daughter Hannah was two, and she's now 21.

'And we turn them on each year on her birthday on December 7. It's a family tradition.

Hannah Squires with her nephew Brodie outside her home in Thurton.

Hannah Squires with her nephew Brodie outside her home in Thurton. - Credit: Archant


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'We started off with just a few lights and we've just added and added and now we have loads.'

Last year Mrs Squires raised over £130 through her display for the charity.

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She said: 'My partner lost his dad to cancer eight years ago and we've got other family members we've lost to cancer so it's a cause close to our hearts.

'People are welcome to come along, park up on the grass and take a look.

Mandy Squires and her daughter, Hannah, with their Christmas lights at their home at Thurton. Pictur

Mandy Squires and her daughter, Hannah, with their Christmas lights at their home at Thurton. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

'We do it really for the children and we have a lot of families that come to see it.'

Preparation for the display starts each year in November, and the lights will come down on January 2.

Ms Squires said: 'I can't wait to get them out every year in November. It takes about a month to put them all up!'

The lights are also a big hit with Ms Squires three-year-old grandson Brodie.

Donations for Macmillan Cancer Support can be placed in the locked box outside their home in Low Common Road.

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