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Last light-up

Posted on December 23 2015 at 10:38:43

Finstall lights

Villagers gathered for the last-ever switch-on of the Christmas lights at the Finstall home of Molly (Malcolm) and Wendy Molloy, writes Sarah Rees.

For 15 years, the spectacular display has attracted visitors from far and wide, and has even featured on television – but this year’s show will be the last, as the couple now care for three elderly relatives and can no longer commit to the many weeks of preparation involved.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support,” says Molly. “This was a very hard decision, but family commitments must take priority.”

The lights were turned on by Paul Barnett, director of the 2013 Channel 5 documentary Britain’s Craziest Christmas Lights, which featured the house.

As well as footing the electricity bill of nearly £1,000, the Molloys have always provided free refreshments at the switch-on – this year visitors got through 720 mince pies and 80 litres of mulled wine and 300 bags of sweets.

A donation box outside the house has raised thousands of pounds for charity, and this year the cash will be shared between The Primrose Hospice, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Society. 

The lights will stay on until midnight on January 6.

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