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longlanechristmaslights2014_006400VIDEO: A spectacular display of Christmas lights on the outskirts of Newport is this year raising vital funds for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, as the festively decorated house lights up once again for the 14th year running.

Crowds gathered at the home of Terry and Sue Ramplin at 68 Long Lane, Newport on Saturday evening for the big switch on of thousands of Christmas Lights. The display, which has cost Terry thousands of pounds over the years and costs hundreds of pounds in electricity each December to run, is one of the last remaining big displays on the Island.

longlanechristmaslights2014_003400This year it is hoped over £2500 can be raised for the life-saving Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

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Families were welcomed to join in the Christmas celebrations on Saturday with the Vectis Corps of Drums, John Brodie on the bagpipes and Hamilton’s Fine Foods providing mulled wine and mince pies. An Air Ambulance merchandise stand was also present.

longlanechristmaslights2014_002400A countdown by Father Christmas himself led to the lights being switched on, which not only covers the house and garden, but the driveway and garage too (and it takes around 6 weeks to put them all up!). Each night Terry is outside welcoming visitors.

Islanders are being urged to continue to support the festive display of lights by driving along Long Lane to have a look, not forgetting to put a few coins in the pot to help keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.

For those readers who couldn’t make it on Saturday, Island Echo has produced a video below.


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