VIDEO: Christmas lights switched on in Poole's Runton Road

Bournemouth Echo: VIDEO: Christmas lights switched on in Poole's Runton Road VIDEO: Christmas lights switched on in Poole's Runton Road

HUNDREDS of people descended on a quiet cul-de-sac in Poole tonight to see it transform into a magical festive scene.


What started out as a friendly rivalry between two neighbours competing over Christmas lights has become one of the most spectacular displays in the country.

Almost all 50 of the houses in Runton Road have now been illuminated with flashing bulbs, singing Santas, giant inflatable snowmen, model reindeer, sleighs and trains.


The dazzling display can be seen from half-a-mile away and attracts thousands of visitors from miles around.

It was even broadcast live on the One Show last year to an audience of five million viewers.

Organiser Mick Philips, whose house is adorned with at least 80 pieces said: “I am always overwhelmed with how popular it is.  We had more than 2,000 people here on Christmas Eve last year.

“It all started next door as a competition, but eventually we all joined in.  It’s such fun.”

All the houses involved put out collection tins for various charities, including Diverse Abilities Plus, Forest Home respite centre and Alzheimer’s UK.

John Turvey, whose family has been taking part in the lights display for 25 years, said: “This used to be the home of my parents, so I am now carrying on the tradition.  It’s really good fun seeing the community come together.”

The longest serving town crier in the world, David Squire from Poole, was also on hand to lead the countdown.

He said: “This was the first time I’ve been to see the lights being switched on.  It’s absolutely remarkable.”

Parents and children of all ages were left speechless when the Christmas lights were switched on in unison, illuminating the whole street.
 

Mary Turner, a mum from Poole, said: “We’ve come here each year with the kids and even though they’re getting older they still love it.  I do too.”

Lottie Hill, 7, said: “It’s absolutely amazing.  One of the houses even had snow coming out.”

The electricity board has said that the local grid "takes a bit of a hit" when all the lights are turned on every day at dusk.

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7:58pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Chris the plumber says...

I am sure they will get lots of Christmas cheer knowing that "The grid takes a bit of a hit" !!! I bet it does, These people should think again when so many people can`t afford to keep warm this winter and they are wasting precious energy, surely a small window display would do
I wonder how many elderly peoples homes could be heated with all that electricity ???
I am sure they will get lots of Christmas cheer knowing that "The grid takes a bit of a hit" !!! I bet it does, These people should think again when so many people can`t afford to keep warm this winter and they are wasting precious energy, surely a small window display would do I wonder how many elderly peoples homes could be heated with all that electricity ??? Chris the plumber

8:52pm Sat 14 Dec 13

MCAME1989 says...

Chris the plumber wrote:
I am sure they will get lots of Christmas cheer knowing that "The grid takes a bit of a hit" !!! I bet it does, These people should think again when so many people can`t afford to keep warm this winter and they are wasting precious energy, surely a small window display would do
I wonder how many elderly peoples homes could be heated with all that electricity ???
Elderly people get help with their energy bills!
All proceeds from these lights go to charity!
These lights are only up for a couple of weeks if they want to waste their money on a good cause then why not!
[quote][p][bold]Chris the plumber[/bold] wrote: I am sure they will get lots of Christmas cheer knowing that "The grid takes a bit of a hit" !!! I bet it does, These people should think again when so many people can`t afford to keep warm this winter and they are wasting precious energy, surely a small window display would do I wonder how many elderly peoples homes could be heated with all that electricity ???[/p][/quote]Elderly people get help with their energy bills! All proceeds from these lights go to charity! These lights are only up for a couple of weeks if they want to waste their money on a good cause then why not! MCAME1989

11:26pm Sat 14 Dec 13

spyinthesky says...

Chris the plumber wrote:
I am sure they will get lots of Christmas cheer knowing that "The grid takes a bit of a hit" !!! I bet it does, These people should think again when so many people can`t afford to keep warm this winter and they are wasting precious energy, surely a small window display would do
I wonder how many elderly peoples homes could be heated with all that electricity ???
Idiot, crawl back in your hole. May be Afghanistan next year for you I hear its good this time of year if you don't like Christmas.

Well done Runton Road I will be paying a visit and giving a tenner to charity.
[quote][p][bold]Chris the plumber[/bold] wrote: I am sure they will get lots of Christmas cheer knowing that "The grid takes a bit of a hit" !!! I bet it does, These people should think again when so many people can`t afford to keep warm this winter and they are wasting precious energy, surely a small window display would do I wonder how many elderly peoples homes could be heated with all that electricity ???[/p][/quote]Idiot, crawl back in your hole. May be Afghanistan next year for you I hear its good this time of year if you don't like Christmas. Well done Runton Road I will be paying a visit and giving a tenner to charity. spyinthesky

1:47am Sun 15 Dec 13

Eddie's dog says...

Pathetic - I hate Christmas; what a waste of electricity.........
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Pathetic - I hate Christmas; what a waste of electricity......... ... Eddie's dog

7:42am Sun 15 Dec 13

H2o-hara says...

I'm so glad not to live down that so called quiet cul - de - sac and my sympathy goes out to those living half a mile away as well .
Embarrassing , over the top tack ! Instead of spending so much on these lights in the first place why not just donate ' that ' cost to charity instead ?
This reminds me of another case several years ago of a man spending £1,000 on lights just to raise £ 250 for charity .
Too much input for such little output . Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year when the energy bills come through too !!
I'm so glad not to live down that so called quiet cul - de - sac and my sympathy goes out to those living half a mile away as well . Embarrassing , over the top tack ! Instead of spending so much on these lights in the first place why not just donate ' that ' cost to charity instead ? This reminds me of another case several years ago of a man spending £1,000 on lights just to raise £ 250 for charity . Too much input for such little output . Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year when the energy bills come through too !! H2o-hara

8:30am Sun 15 Dec 13

anigel says...

MCAME1989 wrote:
Chris the plumber wrote:
I am sure they will get lots of Christmas cheer knowing that "The grid takes a bit of a hit" !!! I bet it does, These people should think again when so many people can`t afford to keep warm this winter and they are wasting precious energy, surely a small window display would do
I wonder how many elderly peoples homes could be heated with all that electricity ???
Elderly people get help with their energy bills!
All proceeds from these lights go to charity!
These lights are only up for a couple of weeks if they want to waste their money on a good cause then why not!
I agree that these lights do a great job to spread Christmas Cheer and support charity so I am not in any way knocking the lights. But just saying that elderly get help with their energy costs, seems very dismissive of the expected 26,000 excess winter deaths expected this year, mainly from people unable to afford sufficient heating even with support.
[quote][p][bold]MCAME1989[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris the plumber[/bold] wrote: I am sure they will get lots of Christmas cheer knowing that "The grid takes a bit of a hit" !!! I bet it does, These people should think again when so many people can`t afford to keep warm this winter and they are wasting precious energy, surely a small window display would do I wonder how many elderly peoples homes could be heated with all that electricity ???[/p][/quote]Elderly people get help with their energy bills! All proceeds from these lights go to charity! These lights are only up for a couple of weeks if they want to waste their money on a good cause then why not![/p][/quote]I agree that these lights do a great job to spread Christmas Cheer and support charity so I am not in any way knocking the lights. But just saying that elderly get help with their energy costs, seems very dismissive of the expected 26,000 excess winter deaths expected this year, mainly from people unable to afford sufficient heating even with support. anigel

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