Tony and Margaret
light up the village
Over the past 18 years
Hethersett couple Tony and Margaret Dunton have raised thousands
of pounds for local charities by getting lit up at Christmas.
The spirit of Christmas has
inspired the couple for almost two decades to turn their garden in
Firs Road into a winter wonderland of lights and invention –
turning their garage into the Bethlehem stable and their front
garden into a pageant of Christmas.
again this year, people of all ages have enjoyed the festive
lights and contributed to the couple’s favourite charities –
the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
UPDATE - The display raised £325 in donations to be split
between the two charities.
Seventeen years and
still going strong. The spirit of Christmas once again came to
the village as Toney and Margaret Dunton switched on their
Christmas lights for the festive season.
couple launched this year's lights on December 3rd to give
youngsters from the local schools plenty of time to see them
before the end of term.
again in 2011 the couple will be collecting donations for the
East Anglian Air Ambulance and the local doctors' surgery.
gift for Christmases past present and future is once again
featured in the festive lights of a Hethersett house.
16th year in a row Tony and Margaret Dunton have
turned their front garden in Firs Road into a winter wonderland
and this year even the weather has been in their favour.
snow has added to the atmosphere as Tony and Margaret have
introduced some new features including a singing Santa Claus.
year hundreds of people pay a visit for some festive cheer and
whilst Christmas past is represented by the legacy from the
previous 15 years and Christmas present is there for all to see,
Christmas future is represented by the gift that donations will
bring to two worthy causes – the East Anglian Air Ambulance
and the local doctors’ surgery.
lights will be switched on after dark through the rest of
December and into the New Year and annually raise over £600 for
the charities. This year £100 has already been collected by the
Christmas mad couple.
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There are certain traditions in a
village that make Christmas a really special time of year for
Every Christmas for the past 15
years Tony and Margaret Dunton of Hethersett have got lit up for
the festive season - and all in a good cause.
For the couple’s house in Firs
Road is awash with Christmas lights, both inside and out.
Hundreds of people each year visit the highly colourful display
of elves, Santas, reindeers, lights and a garage nativity scene.
Over the years Tony and Margaret have raised thousands of pound
for local charities through donations. This year money raised
will go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the local doctors’
surgery. Last year they raised over £600.
Tony and Margaret admit that they
are mad about Christmas. That’s why Tony spends a week putting
the display together and making subtle changes to previous
years. Taking them down is a much easier task, taking only a
couple of hours.
The switch on takes place after
dark and will continue until he first week of January.
and Margaret Dunton with their Christmas creation - 2008.
Also pictured on the left is five year old Eleanor Rowsell.
Click on the images to enlarge them
and Margaret Dunton like nothing more than getting lit up
for Christmas and all in a good cause.
scarcely seems like Christmas in Hethersett until the
Dunton’s light up their bungalow in Firs Road. Christmas
2008 sees the 14th year since the couple
started their annual switch on and turned their home into
an Aladdin’s cave of Christmas cheer.
year the couple will be collecting donations for the East
Anglian Air Ambulance and the local doctors’ surgery.
Over the years they have raised thousands of pounds for
local good causes. As well as attracting children, parents
and grandparents, the Duntons have this year become
home was featured on Anglia Television who showed a part
of the Christmas festivities that most visitors miss. For
the inside of Tony and Margaret’s home is as festive as
the outside with no fewer than five Christmas trees as
well as virtually every Christmas decoration imaginable.
electricity bill for the Christmas period works out at
over £35 a week, but the couple say it is worth every
penny thanks to the looks on the children’s faces when
they see the outside display which this year features the
customary nativity scene in front of the garage along with
a Santa train, a few more reindeers and some very
attractive additional lights.
display continues throughout the Christmas season and
donations can be made in a collecting box on the gate.