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Man Orders 35-Foot-Tall Grinch That's Bigger Than His House

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Man Orders 35-Foot-Tall Grinch That's Bigger Than His House

A man who bought a large inflatable shaped like the Grinch to impress his daughter got a bit of a shock when it turned up and was even taller than his house.

Ray Liddell, 49, just wanted to give his seven-year-old daughter Jasmine a Christmas treat, but has now ended up with a 35-foot-tall Grinch sitting in his front yard.

Looking at that thing, it's certainly going to turn a few heads over the festive period.

It's taller than a giraffe, and certainly dwarfs the family home.

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Liddell paid £500 ($670) for the inflatable, and he's certainly got his money's worth out of it. In fact, he got significantly more than he bargained for.

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Credit: Mercury Press and Media

People have been flocking to their house in Hartlepool, County Durham, to catch an eyeful of the gigantic Grinch.

Ray said: "It's a total picture of positivity. People are coming from all over to have their photos taken.

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"There was a queue on Sunday morning. I made sure everyone was socially distanced. I reckon we must have had over 5,000 people visit.

"It's been a real marvel so far.

"I only ordered it for my daughter as she loves Grinch. I was delighted with her reaction, let alone that of strangers."

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Credit: Mercury Press and Media
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He continued: "Jasmine was just screaming at it like crazy when it was all blown up."

Ray, a businessman, is now asking families to donate some cash to charity after seeing his garden goliath, and has raised more than £10,000 ($13,400) for the cause at the time of writing.

His dad Frank died from Covid-19 in hospital back in May, so the proceeds are going to Alice House Hospice, who cared for him at the very end.

Ray explained: "He had a happy life because he had quite a simple life.

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"You never saw him made angry or upset. He was a decent fellow.

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Credit: Mercury Press and Media

"I had always wanted to do something for the hospice but never thought it would be something like this. I thought it would be something simple like a raffle.

"I wanted this to be ambitious but I was staggered at how much and how quickly these strangers were donating.

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"It really has snowballed.

"It has been good in some many ways. My kids love the decoration and also it is providing a great way to raise money for this great charity."

If you'd like to get behind the cause, you can head on over to the hospice's JustGiving page.

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Topics: Christmas, UK News, Daily Ladness, Funny, Weird

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