Kenn electrician covers home with 7,500 lights to give 'the gift of Christmas cheer'
PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 December 2018
Commuters were given 'the gift of Christmas cheer' when a Kenn electrician covered his home with 7,500 Christmas lights in tribute to his late grandmother.
Dave Stone, 30, moved to Kenn last year with his wife Tash and one year old daughter Nora.
Dave, who works for Western Power, decided he wanted to do something special for his daughter’s first Christmas.
Putting his electrician’s skills to good use, Dave rigged up his home with 4,000 brightly-coloured Christmas lights - taking inspiration from his grandmother who would leave her lights up all year round.
The reaction from his family, friends and passing motorists was so positive that Dave decided to do it again this Christmas.
His brother Martin contacted The Times to tell us more about Dave’s display.
Martin said: “This year, Dave has outdone himself. He’s improved the display by adding 3,500 more lights.
“It took Dave three weekends to install all the lights with a little bit of help from me, our friends and our dad.
“Dave’s house is on a busy commuter route.
“It’s a long, dark country road with not much to see.
“I think he wanted to give commuters a beacon of light to brighten up their days.”
Martin says the reaction from Dave’s neighbours has been positive.
He said: “They all think he’s mad. We did a test switch-on and all the cars started to stop outside his house. They couldn’t believe it.
“Dave considered having a charity pot outside his house; however, it’s not a very safe place for cars to stop.
“Just pop your loose change in the next charity shop you see after driving past!”
The switch-on took place on Saturday and featured an impromptu Christmas party complete with food, drink and a pop-up Santa’s grotto staged in Dave’s shed.
Martin is sure the festivities will not stop here.
He said: “Dave believes in continuous improvement and he’s promising to go even bigger next year.
“Knowing my brother, I’m sure he will.”
If you want to see Dave’s Christmas lights, they will be on display on the Kenn estate in Kenn village, North Somerset until Christmas.