News

Christmas grinch strikes destroying family’s light-up

Goody Smith is angry after some of her Christmas decorations in her lights display were vandalised overnight.
Goody Smith is angry after some of her Christmas decorations in her lights display were vandalised overnight. Blainey Woodham

IT seems Tweed has its very own Christmas grinch.

Goody and Jim Smith, of Tooloona Ave Banora Point, love to see the excited look on families' faces as they visit the couple's festive wonderland.

And people love the Smith's lights, often packing the small street with cars and foot traffic to catch a glimpse of the vast array of brilliant solar lights and lifesize Christmas figures.

The Smiths have even attracted busloads of elderly Tweed residents, keen to see the heartwarming spectacle for themselves.

But on Sunday night someone took exception to the charity-driven display, ripping down lights and scattering figures across the road in a chaotic fashion.

"It's like they've wandered past and just started pulling handfuls of lights," Mrs Smith said.

It must of happened after 11pm when we weren't watching over things.

"I was devastated when I saw it all lying there in the morning."

The Smiths have plastered their home with lights for nine years, both at their current home and their previous residence in Palm Beach.

This was the first time the couple has experienced any malice directed towards their charismatic Christmas cheer.

"One day we just started putting the lights up and then we saw the kids faces as they walk in and just go 'wow...wow'," Mrs Smithsaid.

"Now we've got the garage full of toys for the kids to play with and we've already gone through about 140 AAs and 100 AAAs (batteries).

"We just want kids and families to enjoy it."

The Smiths began collecting unprompted donations for the Starlight Children's Foundation after people kept offering them funds for electricity costs.

Considering the good spirit and charitable cause the Smiths promote, the vandalism hit particularly hard.

"They must have a really sad life," Mrs Smith said.

"Why else would you destroy something that makes people happy.

"It looks like it was an act of malice and hopefully now they've got their temper under control."

The Smith's rush home from work every night to switch the lights on for excited guests and are basically trapped at home all December.

Still, the couple enjoy their attention grabbing display and the joy it brings and say the one-off act will not dampen their Christmas spirit.

Tweed Police were called and told Mrs Smith they would be regularly patrolling the area.

At least they have a pleasant drive though, with Mrs Smith saying police were blown away by the scope of the display.

Topics:  christmas lights crime



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Search for Merseybeat magic continues

The Searchers are coming to Twin Towns in February as part of a national tour.

"It's a free spirited country with a relaxed attitude to everything”

Volunteer call to provide a sporting chance

GET ON BOARD: The annual Cocky Classic takes off at Kingscliff this Sunday.

"It's about independence and freedom”

Searches stopped after no signs of swimmer

POSSIBLE DROWING: Crews search off Cabarita Beach following reports a swimmer was seen in distress in the waters off Norries Headland.

Search for swimmer on hold.

Local Partners

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Search for Merseybeat magic continues

The Searchers are coming to Twin Towns in February as part of a national tour.

"It's a free spirited country with a relaxed attitude to everything”

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Casuarina tops Tweed house market at $870,000

Casuarina recorded the region's top median prices for both houses ($870,000) and units ($435,000).

Buyers jumping at chance to get into Tweed property market

Beautiful Terranora acreage

77 Mahers Lane, Terranora.

Check out this week's feature property.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!