Weston Christmas Light Display 2016

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The ‘Weston Christmas Light Display’, supporting The Donna Louise Children's Hospice, took place at Carters Green Farm, Jack Lane, Weston, near Crewe every day in December until Wednesday 28th December 2016.

On a Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening and the last few days before Christmas, Santa Claus took time out from his busy schedule to visit the farm and sit in his sleigh.

Graham Witter, who is a final year Business Management student and Pride of Crewe Community Individual Award winner, once again setup hundreds of lights at Carters Green Farm to raise money for charity.

He started to install the lights in early October and several hundred plugs are required to hook up all the displays to the electricity supply.

The display covers farm buildings, the garden, an adjacent yard and a barn, and contains a combination of rope lights, LED lights, and animated 3D figures, together with background Christmas music.

There is also a small wooden Santa’s grotto and a life-size Santa's sleigh. A special feature for 2016 was a 1950s Whitby Morrison Mr Whippy ice cream van, which Graham transformed into a bespoke vehicle for Santa containing festive decorations.

For the fourth year running Graham is raising money for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice (see: www.donnalouisetrust.org).

Over the past three years the event has raised an impressive £17,000 and last year the £10,280 raised for the charity was used to purchase new lighting equipment for their refurbished sensory room.

Graham chose to raise money for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice, as his sister, Jessica, went to the hospice for specialist care, and its staff were always there to offer support to the family.

Jessica passed away on 31st December 2015, having enjoyed the event for many years. After some careful thought, Graham decided to continue with his display in her memory.

Graham said: "I would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters of the 2016 Weston Christmas Light Display."

For further information relating to the display please contact Graham Witter on 01270 586754 or visit: www.facebook.com/westonlightdisplay

 

Editor’s note: This article was originally submitted in December 2016. We look forward to seeing this event take shape again for 2017, and hope you are able to visit and support this worthy cause.

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