Stokers’ spirit burns bright
LIGHTS will be burning brightly in Stokers Siding this Christmas.
Local residents David and Marilyn White want everyone to enjoy the spectacle after spending weeks adorning their Stokers Siding property in festive lights.
Mr White, a well-known local singer, has spent the past six weeks putting all the lights in place, although it was several months ago that he first started checking bulbs.
“We started putting up lights about five years ago in Sydney, and since moving to the area two-and-a-half years ago we have continued – although now on a property of around six acres there is considerably more area to cover,” Mr White said.
“I think it’s nice to get into the Christmas spirit and create some atmosphere. The kids who come and see the lights all really love it.”
Mr White, who volunteers at community events throughout the Tweed, said he had started putting up Christmas lights when he first retired and had the time to do it.
“So we really want people to drive in and walk around to look at the light displays,” he said.
“I’ve made a star in one of the paddocks and a big tree in another and it looks pretty spectacular at night.”
Each side of the driveway down to the Whites’ residence is covered with lights, and Mr White estimates there would be about 40,000 lights in total this year.
“When I first started I had around 2000 so it’s grown considerably since then,” he said.
“And I’ve spent around $15,000 I guess – there’s all sorts of lights: LED lights, bud lights, solar, waterfall, icicles, snowflake, stars and trees and candy canes and Santas – the range is huge and the display is really quite something to see.”
In fact when it’s lit up at night Mr White says “it’s like a fairyland”.
“I’m no designer but it does look quite magical,” he said.
“And it brings a smile to the faces of people who come and have a look – that’s what it’s all about.”
Mrs White says she loves to see the reaction on the faces of kids when they see the lights.
“David puts such an effort in and it’s really lovely to see that appreciation reflected in their eyes,” she said.
The lights will be on each night from Saturday, December 5 between 8pm and 10pm (DST). You’ll find them at 35 Summer Hill Close, Stokers Siding.