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Monday, 5 December 2016

Weston Christmas Light Display’ 2016.

Reporter J White ‘Weston Christmas Light Display’ 2016. I’ve uploaded all my photos to a Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanawhite/albums/72157673322994444 .

The ‘Weston Christmas Light Display’, supporting The Donna Louise Children's Hospice, takes place at Carters Green Farm, Jack Lane, Weston, near Crewe every day in December until Wednesday 28th December 2016 (6:15pm to 9:00pm). On a Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening and the last few days before Christmas, Santa Claus will take time off from his busy schedule to visit the farm and sit in his sleigh. Entry is by donation and there is plentiful parking.

Graham Witter, who is a final year Business Management student and Pride of Crewe Community Individual Award winner, has once again setup hundreds of lights at Carters Green Farm to raise money for charity. He started to install the lights in early-October and several hundred plugs are required to hook up all the displays to the electricity supply. The display covers farm buildings, the garden, an adjacent yard and a barn, and contains a combination of rope lights, LED lights, and animated 3D figures, together with background Christmas music. There is also a small wooden Santa’s grotto and a life-size Santa's sleigh. A special feature this year is a 1950s Whitby Morrison Mr Whippy ice cream van, which Graham has transformed into a bespoke vehicle for Santa containing festive decorations.

For the fourth year running Graham is raising money for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice http://www.donnalouisetrust.org . Over the past three years the event has raised an impressive £17,000 and last year the £10,280 raised for the charity was used to purchase new lighting equipment for their refurbished sensory room.

Graham chose to raise money for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice, as his sister – Jessica – went to the hospice for specialist care, and its staff were always there to offer support to the family. Jessica passed away on 31st December 2015, having enjoyed the event for many years. After some careful thought, Graham decided to continue with his display in her memory.

Graham said, "I would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters of the 2016 Weston Christmas Light Display. I invite everyone along to my winter wonderland to raise money for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. Please come and enjoy a fantastic light show, a free mince pie, festive music and enjoy a selfie with Santa. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

To visit the display if heading from Crewe turn right off Weston Road (just after Crewe Hall) into Main Road towards Weston, then left into Jack Lane. If heading from Weston go over the A500 bypass bridge on Main Road and turn right in Jack Lane. From all directions look out for the yellow reflective road signs, then follow the blue directional one-way arrows on Jack Lane.

For further information relating to the display please contact Graham Witter on 01270 586754 or visit https://www.facebook.com/westonlightdisplay

1950s Whitby Morrison Mr Whippy ice cream van in the  foregroundFarm building with Jessica in lit up lettersGraham Witter with Santa Claus in the life-size Santa  sleigh

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