Village flocks to businessman’s house in Northamptonshire for annual Christmas light switch-on

Mike and Daphne Wreford's Christmas light switch on in Blisworth drew a large crowd on Sunday.

Mike and Daphne Wreford's Christmas light switch on in Blisworth drew a large crowd on Sunday.

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A businessman’s spectacular Christmas light display at his Northamptonshire house attracted more than 100 people to see them switched on and could raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Mike Wreford, 70, spent three weeks putting up the impressive array of fairy lights, lanterns, glowing orbs and model animals outside his and wife Daphne’s home on Stoke Road, Blisworth.

Mike and Daphne Wreford are joined by the Help for Heroes bear at their home in Blisworth.

Mike and Daphne Wreford are joined by the Help for Heroes bear at their home in Blisworth.

The couple have been putting the decorations up for more than 20 years and this year they are leaving a collection bucket out for Help for Heroes until January 6. Last year they raised more than £3,500 for the servicemen and women’s charity for the display, which they will be turning on at night throughout the festive season.

On Sunday about 100 people gathered outside their corner house to see the lights switched on, with Mr and Mrs Wreford joined by the official Help for Heroes Bear and Santa.

Mr Wreford, 70, said: “You have to be very careful putting the lights up - because if you turn them all on together you’ll just trip the switch.

“But you can’t beat Christmas. I wouldn’t go through all that effort if I didn’t enjoy it.”

Mr Wreford, who owns haulage company Wreford’s Transport, first started the elaborate decorations when a customer of his left a bundle of outdoor Christmas lights to him 30 years ago.

“I just thought I would stick them up on my tree,” he said. “It just started from there really and each year we’ve added more.”