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The light house breaks records

Christmas lights in Nuthall are raising money for charity. Tony Swift and stepson Adam Butler.

Christmas lights in Nuthall are raising money for charity. Tony Swift and stepson Adam Butler.

A Nuthall family who raise money for charity every year with their incredible Christmas light display has broken its own record.

The Swift family has raised £3,886 so far this year – more than they have ever raised over the entire Christmas period in previous years.

Tony Swift – who stands out in his garden collecting from 4pm until 9pm seven days a week – has so far had 6,000 visitors to his miraculous display since turning the lights on three weeks ago.

The 54-year-old, of Laurel Crescent, put the success down to a bigger and better display and a successful new facebook page that has attracted over 1,500 friends.

This year he has a huge sleigh that kids can sit in, complete with reindeers, and a giant balloon with Santa inside.

Tony’s wife, Wendy, sister-in-law Gail Sheeran and next door neighbour Tony Watterson help him show people around and collect the money for the six week period each year.

But he said there was no time for Christmas parties.

“We don’t have any plans in December!,” he said.

“I’ll do my Christmas shopping this weekend, but I’ll have to be back for 3.30pm because we’ll have people waiting!”

With the help of his son, Adam, Tony has decked has garden out with about 20,000 lights and ornaments for the last 13 years.

At the opening night this year about 1,000 people turned up – almost double the usual number.

The family, who have visitors from as far afield as Rotherham, collect for Hayward House Hospice after a relative went there several years ago.

The lights are on until 10pm each night.

 

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