A REAL-life Scrooge is demanding festive fundraisers pull the plug on their Christmas lights.
Three families in Robin Royd Avenue in Mirfield have covered their homes in lights to raise cash for Kirkwood Hospice and the Tuberous Sclerosis Association.
But now one grumpy neighbour has sent out an anonymous letter claiming the lights are "tacky, hideous and make the area like a council estate."
Organiser Derek Highe, 46, said he is upset by the letter but has vowed the lights will stay.
And the vast majority of his neighbours are behind him. He sent out 140 letters of his own asking for people's opinion - and got 120 back all in support of the lights.
"I was shocked when I first read the letter, we are doing something good for charity," he said.
The letter was posted to Derek and his wife Joy but not the other families illuminating Robin Royd Avenue.
The writer signed off as a "very worried resident".
It reads: "Once again we have to put up with gangs of yobs and people who don't live in our area hanging around to look at something so tacky and over the top.
"I feel quite embarrassed just by driving past, perhaps the time spent on putting all those lights up would be better spent with your family and doing something constructive with them.
"When you've given your donation to charity is that before or after you've taken out for the lights?"
Derek and his neighbours David and Tracy Green and Bob and Margaret Swailes spent five weekends putting the lights up and preparing for the big switch on.
David, 42, said: "It does make you wonder if it is a personal attack.
"I think the response we have had from everyone in the area proves people are behind the lights.
"We do this for charity and to make people smile at Christmas. It brings the community together and every single penny that is donated goes straight to the causes we are supporting."
Clr Martyn Bolt was surprised when he was told about the letter and says Mirfield Town Council support the lights 100%.
"Parts of the letter are offensive. There should be no stigma about living on a council estate," he said.
"The extra publicity the letter has created will get more people coming to see the lights as well so the writer really has shot themselves in the foot."
Last year the lights raised more than £2,200 for good causes.