Worle Man’s Christmas lights display includes a toy store!

Published:
12:21 14 December 2021



Update:
11:33 PM December 14, 2021

“I’ve always been a big fan of Christmas lights since I was a kid.”

One Worle man’s passion for all things festive is once again lighting up his street – and raising money for a good cause.

Every year, John Burge gets to work dressing up his Spencer Drive home with his 12-year-old son, Tobie, to cheer on his neighbors and visitors.

And John said his love of lights started young.

“I saved up an entire year’s pocket money when I was barely eight to buy my very first set of Christmas lights, which only had 20 bulbs,” he said. .

“When I was growing up, I made a few light displays in my mom and dad’s garden, but they could only be seen by friends and family in the public.

“Mom and Dad have always made my Christmases magical and special. Sadly I lost my mum to cancer last year so I dedicated the lights to her and this year again I’m dedicating the lights in memory of my wonderful mom, Diane Burge.

“I just wish she could see them because I know she would love the display.”

In 2011, John’s efforts took on a whole new meaning, after a neighbor lost his son to leukemia.

“I made a display of Christmas lights in front of my house to raise money for the hospice that cared for their son,” he said.

That hospice was Charlton Farm, Wraxall, run by Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) – and John has been fundraising for the charity ever since.

“Every year the display gets bigger,” he said. “Last year I opened a fake toy store and won a competition I entered on ITV News – it was called Illumination Street.”


The incredible Spencer Drive exhibit created by John Burge and his son, Tobie
– Credit: John Burge

This year John and Tobie started working on the display in November and finally lit on December 9th.

The store featured in the display is TJ Toys – Tobie and John Toys – but John was keen to point out that this is not a real store.

Last year the exhibition raised over £3,000 for CHSW and has targeted £5,000 for the 2021 exhibition.

“We’re asking people to get out of their cars to come see it, rather than just driving by,” he said.

“There are moving sprites in the windows and other moving parts inside the store. Also, we ask people to park on the main road because it’s just a little cul-de-sac. bag in which we live, to avoid traffic jams.”

Donations can be made through the cashier below the main window, or people can scan the QR codes attached to the toy store.

John thanked a number of companies that helped create his display including; B&Q, Travis Perkins, Winter Stoke decorators, Bidwells Self Drive Clevedon, Langford Christmas Tree Farm and Fountain Forestry.

“Also, my wonderful son, and my wonderful neighbors and friends for putting up with the disruption during construction and all the cups of coffee and bacon rolls they brought to my door,” he added.

The exhibition can be viewed at 5 Spencer Drive, Worle, BS22 7QH.

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