St Ives couple mark end of annual festive light display

The christmas lights at the home of (l-r) Dick and June Forway, in Hill Rise, St Ives

The christmas lights at the home of (l-r) Dick and June Forway, in Hill Rise, St Ives - Credit: Archant

Every year June and Dick Forway from 80 Hill Rise, St Ives have decorated their house with a magical light display but the pair have decided that they will no longer be putting up their annual spectacle.

June, 79, said: “It will be sad that we won’t be putting them up this year. This decision has not been easy to make but age and ability are now factors which must be taken into consideration.”

For many years husband Dick has taken on the task of putting up the lights but the 88-year-old is pleased that he can put his feet up.

“He says that he is glad that it has come to an end as it will save him a struggle,” added June

The pair first started to put the lights up as a family tradition but as the displays got bigger and bigger the crowds were drawn to their house.

Their annual light switch on usually attracting 200-300 people with many families returning year after year to see what new creations the couple had added to their collection.

“The one thing I will miss the most is the families and the children as we have always had a Father Christmas as one of our friends would dress up as him that they would come and see.

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“I except we will still have people turn up to our house wondering where our lights are.”

For the past six years the couple have been collecting money for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Grandmother June said: “In the years the display has been running we have collected in the region of £10,000, this is something which is very close to our hearts, having lost family members and close friends to this terrible affliction.”

Although the lights aren’t being thrown out, the Forway’s are looking for them to go to good homes as they have organised a sale of illuminations and equipment.

It will take place at the couple’s home from 10am on Saturday, September 5 with all proceeds going to Pancreatic Cancer Research.

“We will be keeping a few of our lights to around our front door. It all be nice to also have an empty garage to put our car in.” added June.