An elderly Holbeach will be eating like royalty with their great-granddaughter after lighting up the town with their unbeatable Christmas lights display.
Jack (84) and Joan (81) Turner of Fleet Road are sharing their success in the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian’s Christmas lights competition with Chloe Hart-Harper (12), the inspiration behind their spectacular display.
The couple were presented with a £150 food and drink hamper from London-based suppliers to the Royal Family, Fortnum and Mason, by Free Press and Guardian reporter Winston Brown on behalf of Bakkavor Spalding which provided the prize.
Jack and Joan also received a £100 voucher to spend at Baytree Nurseries, Weston, and they already have their eyes on improving their festive lights display for Christmas 2014.
“We didn’t know about the competition until the Free Press and Guardian’s photographer, Nikki Griffin, came to take some pictures earlier this month,” Jack said.
“But once the story went up on your Spalding Today website, someone posted a comment saying that everybody else was competing for second and third place.”
The Christmas lights competition success rounds off a memorable year for Jack and Joan who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in March,
Joan said: “We’ve been putting the lights for the last eight or nine years, ever since we came home one night and saw that one of our neighbours had two lovely Christmas lights outside their door.
“Jack said ‘don’t they look nice’ and the next day he went and bought some Christmas lights to put up for our great-granddaughter Chloe.
“The display grows in size each year and a family friend, Daniel Harrison who lives in Holbeach, comes round to help Jack put them up.”
The couple hosted a disco for about 40 of Chloe’s friends from University Academy Holbeach, serving them hot dogs and selection boxes as gifts.
Chloe said: “Some people say the display is over the top, but I think the lights are nice because it makes people feel all Christmassy.
“A couple of ladies who live across the road from us can’t wait for us to put the lights up beccause they say it makes them feel safe in their homes.
“My friends also like the lights and at the end of the disco, they didn’t want to leave.”
As it happens, the runners-up prize also went to a Holbeach resident, long-distance lorry driver Paul Ramage of Wignalls Gate who won a £50 gift card to spend at Sainsbury’s in Spalding and a £50 voucher for Spalding Lifestyle, Pinchbeck.
Third place went to Robin and Doreen Hewitt of Chestnut Avenue, Spalding, who have won a £25 voucher to spend at Hawkins Home Hardware, Holbeach, and a £50 food hamper provided by Anglia Co-operative Travel, Spalding, Co-op Foodstores of Bourne and Market Deeping, and R.J. Scholes Funeral Services of Bourne and Deeping St James.