Local BBC Sites

Neighbouring Sites

Page last updated at 11:58 GMT, Thursday, 10 December 2009
Burnham's Trinity Close lights up for Christmas
Trinity Close in Burnham-on-Sea
Around 90,000 Christmas lights brighten up the Trinity Close cul-de-sac

A decade-long Somerset tradition is in full flow in Burnham-on-Sea with locals decking their homes with Christmas lights in aid of local charities.

Every year, all six households in Trinity Close cover the front of their houses in LED bulbs.

They have become something of a local tourist attraction and costs each home around £90 over the festive period.

Money raised will help to fund a new hovercraft for the town and also go to local cancer charities.

The tradition was started by Nick Gardner, his wife Hazel, and their neighbours Chris Woodberry and his late wife Christine.

Christine died earlier this year, aged 61, and some of the money raised with go to a cancer charity set up in her name, Petals.

"I think there are about 10,000 [bulbs] all together, most probably just a few more," said Mr Gardner.

"[It costs] about £90 - that's over the whole month of December, £92 I think it worked out. A couple of pounds a night, you can't go wrong can you."

Hazel added: "We get a lot of people here and they are very generous."

Paula Payne has been taking part in the decorations since she moved to the area with husband Graham.

"I usually take about three weeks to put it up but of course it depends on the weather," she said.

"If we get a lot of rain it could take longer.

"We enjoy it and in this time of doom and gloom, it's a bit of brightness in the world."

Paula Payne in Trinity Close
A very festive Paula Payne in the front garden of her home in Trinity Close




SEE ALSO
Emma Britton turns on Somerset
17 Dec 09 |  TV & Radio
DIY man's festive lights honour
30 Nov 09 |  Bristol
Nicolas Cage turns Bath lights on
27 Nov 09 |  Things to do


BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific