Flordon couple raise thousands with lights

A couple have become the talk of their small south Norfolk village after turning their home into a winter wonderland.

Rosemary and John Dyer are receiving visits from families from across the county after covering their house in thousands of lights and Christmas decorations, including singing Santas and snowmen.

Anyone driving through Flordon can not fail to miss the couple's home, which is helping children with life-threatening conditions in the region.

Every Christmas, the pensioners' electricity bill goes through the roof when they switch on the lights decorating their house in The Street.

And for the last seven years, the couple have raised more than �21,000 for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) through their Christmas lights spectacular and winter wonderland.

Mr and Mrs Dyer will be switching on their illuminations between 4pm and 10pm until January 6 to raise as much cash as possible for the children's charity, which has a hospice at Quidenham, near Attleborough.

The couple start decorating their house for Christmas in September and it will take them until March to pack them all away.

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Mrs Dyer, 65, said the fundraising initiative had snowballed ever since her father-in-law bought some lights seven years ago.

'We are known as the fairy light house in the village. They all talk about it and the kids are always up here and people come from far and wide. Christmas is all about children and EACH is a good local charity,' she said.

The grandmother added that they had received support from local companies to pay the more than �1,000 electricity bill over the six weeks.

'I absolutely adore Christmas; I am like a child really. I am 65 and will having 24 people over for Christmas Day this year. I thank god we are in good health and we will continue to do this for as long as we are in good health,' she said.