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13/01/12: Carlisle couple’s lights display wins Christmas illuminations contest

A Carlisle couple are celebrating after winning the News and Star’s 2011 Electricity North West Best Lit House Competition.

Electricity North West, the company that manages the power network in the region, sponsored the competition running in local newspaper News and Star, offering the prize of £100 to the most festive lights display over the Christmas period.   

Steven Hall and Joan Cherry impressed the judges from Electricity North West with their illuminated display on the Raffles estate, which took them three weeks to put together.

Steven said: “It’s something we started doing a few years ago and it’s become a tradition. I’ve built the display up over the years with glowing reindeer and sledge, a number of different Santas and a collection of presents. Some of it was bought from Blackpool and other bits we’ve picked up in Carlisle.

“We do it to brighten up the area and bring some festive spirit for the local kids and older people.”

Joan added: “People think it must cost a fortune, but it works out at about £4 or £5 a day. We only put them on at night, from about 4pm to 9pm.

“We love Christmas and hopefully the display helps to put everyone in a Christmassy mood.”

The winner was picked by judges at Electricity North West from dozens of entries across the North and West Cumbria.

Lee Maxwell, area manager for the North at Electricity North West, said: “We’ve been working hard throughout the year with additional preparation and investment to the region’s power network to put us in a stronger position than ever to keep the lights on for our customers.

“The competition was a great way to celebrate the festive season and rewards those who helped to brighten the winter months. We would like to congratulate Steven and Joan for their illuminating efforts.”

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