A HUNTINGDON grandmother is putting on a Christmas light spectacular in honour of her partner who died last year.

A HUNTINGDON grandmother is putting on a Christmas light spectacular in honour of her partner who died last year.

Jack Panter was renowned for transforming his Elm Close home into a Christmas winter wonderland in aid of The Hunts Post New Life Appeal, which raises money for SCBU and Hinchingbrooke hospital’s maternity ward.

But last Christmas Eve Mr Panter, who used to drive buses for Whippet Coaches, lost his battle with cancer and Ms Allen and her son Antony are determined to make sure this year’s display is one to remember.

“Jack used to decorate his bus and dress up as Father Christmas each year,” Patricia said.

“Then he started decorating the garden of our house and each year it got bigger and better.

“Antony has been brilliant, building lots of new things for the display – it’s literally taken over our front garden.

“Last year we raised more than £300 for the New Life Appeal, and we’re hoping to raise even more this time around.”

Antony, 22, began planning this year’s display in April, building a Ferris wheel and reindeer to add to the already huge collection of lights.

In addition to the snow machine, stable, carol singers, snow men, Nativity scene and Santa’s grotto, visitors can also expect a firework extravaganza set to music, a glass of wine and warm mince pies.

Antony told The Hunts Post: “It’s worth doing this to help the children in hospital.

“We’re also doing this as a tribute to Jack. I think he would have been proud of it this year.

“But as soon as they come down in January it’ll be time to start planning next years display!”

The lights will be officially switched on by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Jane Smith at 5.30pm on Saturday, November 19 at 16 Elm Close, Huntingdon.