Mirfield neighbours switch on Christmas spectacular

Mirfield neighbours switch on Christmas spectacular

TWO households in Mirfield are lighting the way this Christmas.

Festive lights stalwart Derek Highe and Sandra and Derek Harper have transformed the outside of their homes to raise money for charity.

It’s the 17th year Mr Highe has turned his Robin Royd Avenue home into a winter wonderland, while Mr and Mrs Harper have decorated theirs for a third time.

Over the years Mr Highe has donated more than £53,000 to Kirkwood Hospice and hopes to raise even more for the same charity this year.

It has become a Mirfield tradition for families to watch Mr Highe’s lights being switched on, and dozens of people witnessed the spectacular on Sunday evening.

He said this year’s display is ‘the best yet’ and wanted to thank his wife Joy, Nigel Cox, Andrew Gray and Ian Auty for their help building the enchanted woodland over the past six weeks.

The lights come on every evening at 4.30pm until 10pm, with a special computerised display each hour.

Mr and Mrs Harper have dozens of light-up inflatables in their festive garden on nearby Littlemoor Grove.

The pair are raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society after a neighbour was diagnosed with dementia three years ago.

They’ve raised nearly £700 in the past two years and people are encouraged to drop their donations into the collection box outside their home – as with Mr Highe.

You can donate to both via JustGiving at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robinroydxmaslights2019 or www.justgiving.com/fundraising/derek-sandra.

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