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Man Puts Up 30,000 Christmas Lights And Has To Flick 98 Switches

Rebecca Shepherd

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Man Puts Up 30,000 Christmas Lights And Has To Flick 98 Switches

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

This Christmas enthusiast has adorned his house with around 30,000 lights and decorations to 'put a smile on people’s faces'. Here he is talking about the display:

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Paul Bibby, 56, is known on his street in Chelmsford, Essex, for his incredible decorations and this is his 16th year – saying this year is the 'biggest ever'.

Carer Paul spent three weeks in November stringing up 'around 30,000' bulbs on the front and sides of his semi-detached home.

The display also features several festive inflatable decorations including a giant Santa and a snowman, which Paul says are popular with kids in the area.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

He explained how he aims to 'put a smile on people's faces' after a tough couple of years.

He said: "It was hard work doing it all on my own - this year is definitely my biggest. People walk past and tell me they have never seen anything like it.

"Little children love to get pictures with the inflatable snowman - he seems to be the most popular."

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Credit: SWNS

Paul, who lives with Linda Cummings, 58, and son Aaron Bibby, 33, says since his grand switch-on on 1 December, every evening he has to flick 98 individual switches to fully illuminate the display. Just imagine the leccy bill.

The festive gesture is a way to help raise money for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance - because he wants to 'give back' to the life-saving service.

Earlier this year he also adorned every inch of his house with with England flags to show spirit for the team in the Euros - but says Christmas is his biggest gig and 2021 the biggest ever.

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Credit: SWNS

"I do it because I want to put a smile back on people's faces. I just want to make people happy.

"I do it every year and people around here think I'm crazy - but I love doing it. I look forward to it every year.

"I'll carry on until I'm too old to get up the ladder!"

It's a shame Paul doesn't live on the same street as Caroline Gabe who decorated her home back in September with around 5,000 outdoor lights.

The mum-of-three opted to get festive in September last year and decorated the front of her house to raise spirits in the run-up to last Christmas.

Caroline, from Caewern, Port Talbot, Wales, decided to do the same again this year but has beaten her previous display. Ok, maybe the competition would be on if Paul was nearby.

Topics: News, Good News, UK News, Christmas

Rebecca Shepherd
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