Family’s bright idea has become a festive staple in village

PUBLISHED: 12:06 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:06 08 December 2017

The Turner family hosted a Christmas light switch-on in Warboys. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

The Turner family hosted a Christmas light switch-on in Warboys. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

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A Warboys family kept a long-running tradition going by inviting neighbours to attend their Christmas light switch-on.

The Turner family hosted a Christmas light switch-on in Warboys. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT The Turner family hosted a Christmas light switch-on in Warboys. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

Julie and Brian Turner have transformed their Old Mill Avenue home into a winter wonderland for the past 18 years and their annual switch-on has become something of a fixture in the local calendar.

On Saturday, about 100 people attended as a dazzling display of lights and festive decorations came to life once more.

Guests were treated to mince pies, hot chocolate, mulled 
wine, and biscuits, and children were given the chance to meet Father Christmas, who had stopped by amid his busy preparations.

Julie, 50, and Brian, 54, who have seven children and 10 grandchildren, were also raising money for the neo-natal unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital on the night, with about £50 collected in donations.

Dan, Brian and Julie, Phil, and Emma, with youngsters Lily, Grace and Kiera. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT Dan, Brian and Julie, Phil, and Emma, with youngsters Lily, Grace and Kiera. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

Daughter Emma Lilley said: “Every year my dad says it will be his last but the grandchildren always mange to persuade him to give it one more go! Everybody really loves it.”

Emma said this year’s event was particularly poignant for the family as it was the first switch-on without Brian’s father, Mervyn, who died earlier this year.

Father Christmas attended the Christmas light switch-on in Warboys. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT Father Christmas attended the Christmas light switch-on in Warboys. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

BrianTurner at the light switch-on in Warboys. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT BrianTurner at the light switch-on in Warboys. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

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