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Preston Christmas house lights up for one final time

Posted on - 17th December, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Christmas, Events, Lea, News
The Lea house with this year's Christmas display

The Lea house with this year’s Christmas display

A Preston festive tradition has already raised hundreds of pounds for charity thanks to a bunch of Christmas lights.

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For the final time Kathryn Rice and Alan Partridge have been lighting up their Lea home for the last 18 years.

They flicked the switch on Tuesday night to send the Parkside property into Yuletide overdrive.

Hundreds of people gathered along the road to see the display for the first time.

Kathryn and Alan light up their house one last time

Kathryn and Alan light up their house one last time

Kathryn said: “I am feeling more than a little emotional being the last year.

“Alan did mention if we got a sponsor the electric he would consider another couple of years, but sadly that ain’t going to happen.

“Due to the spiraling cost of electricity, which has always been our contribution, with the aid of our solar panels.

“For the four or five weeks last year, compared to the previous year, there was more than £150 increase in the bill. Unfortunately we are unable to continue to fund this.

“We are extremely sad and upset as the annual event has been a part of our lives (and the neighbours) for so long.

“I hope everyone will continue to support other displays in the area, and we thank you for all your support and smiling faces over the 18 years.”

The couple are selling all of their Christmas lights off once January comes around.

In the meantime Prestonians have been donating as the pair give all money raised to Heartbeat – the Preston-based charity who help with cardiac rehabilitation.

More than £400 has already been raised and donations can continue to be made via the Justgiving page.

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