THE Christmas lights are on for the very last time at a local festive landmark which has been thrilling visitors for more than two decades.
‘Oaklands’ on The Slough between Redditch and Studley is the home of Lynda and Kevan Allcock of Lakeside business Carlton Blinds and PJA Electrics.
Every year they’ve put on a Christmas lights spectacular for good causes like Birmingham Childrens Hospital, Macmillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes.
“We’re very much aware that the house is on a busy main road and we do want people to take care but if anything it’s the only time cars do the speed limit down there as they slow to look at the lights,” said Lynda.
However the onward march of time and increasing workloads has resulted in the couple deciding to call it a day.
“We have so many people who come back year after year,” said Lynda.
“One year Kevan dressed up as Santa Claus and pedalled back and forth on a bicycle with its wheels all lit up. But we’re both slowing down and now is the right time.
“We’ve helped raise a lot of money for charity but this time we thought we’d go local and so we’re supporting the wonderful charity of Charlotte and Craig’s Saving Hearts Foundation.
“All we ask is that people drive sensibly and park with care when they visit.”
Charlotte and Craig’s Saving Hearts Foundation is run by Maggie and Rob Underwood who tragically lost three of their children to devastating illness.
Now they are on a mission to install lifesaving defibrillators at venues around the region.
Kevan added: “We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the people who have supported us over the last 20 years and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
Donations can also be made direct to CCSHF at http://www.ccshf.org.uk/, charity No: 1161387.