A Christmas lights display which has raised £25,000 for charity over the last decade is back – by popular demand.
Father-of-two Derek Highe has lit up his home in Mirfield almost every year since 2004, collecting donations for various good causes.
Last year, however, Derek was forced to pull the plug due to business commitments.
Now, after some glum faces last year, the Robin Royd Avenue lights are back – with an Arctic winter wonderland theme.
Derek, 56, who runs his own fitted kitchens and bedrooms firm, spent several hours festooning his semi in twinkling lights.
And his front garden has become an Arctic snow scene complete with huge Christmas tree, polar bears and penguins.
Derek said: “This is the tenth year we have put up the lights after missing out for the first time last year.
“I was opening a new showroom and had to concentrate on that. Families come from miles around to look at the lights.”
Derek, married to Joy, started the tradition when children James and Lucy were young. Now they are aged 23 and 20, but he still can’t stop.
His neighbours were so impressed they joined in for a few years but now Derek is back going it alone.
“It’s come full circle,” said Derek, who spent six weekends trimming up his home.
“But we’ll keep doing it as long as people keep supporting us.
“I think the house looks like a giant box of sweets and this year it’s a completely new display with multi-coloured LED lights.”
The lights go on every night as soon as it comes dark and visitors are invited to make a donation to Kirkwood Hospice.
Over the years £25,400 has been raised for causes including the hospice, the Oesophageal Patients Association and Lower Hopton youngster Zack Jones who had leukemia.
In 2008 ITV Calendar presenter Duncan Wood switched on the lights as the whole street was closed off and 1,000 people came to watch.
Derek, a big Town fan who also takes part in the club’s annual Pedal for Pounds fundraising bike ride, wants to thank Alan Waring, of Huddersfield-based Independent Electrical Services Ltd and Pegasus Signs for making this year’s display possible.
For more details about the lights visit www.robinroyd-xmas-lights.co.uk
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