Last year was a challenging year for everybody so the enjoyment of Christmas lights drew in the crowds like never before. Hundreds of families jumped in their cars to enjoy the wonderful array of lights across the Island by following the official Light up the Wight map before voting for their favourite display.
27 properties – including the star display at Long Lane – were included on the map and a total of 1,300 votes were cast by Island Echo readers during the month of December.
The winning display at Culver Way, curated by Daniel Cope, was a new entry for 2020. With the help of 3 little elves and a giant Santa, Daniel’s display attracted socially-distanced crowds every night and raised a staggering £1,450 for Mountbatten Hospice. The charity is also set to receive £950 from Bannock Road, Whitwell and £293.70 from Wellesley Way, Newport.
15 of the 27 displays were raising money for a variety of Island charities this year. The total amount raised thanks to the generosity of Island Echo readers currently sits at £3,877.87 with money still to be counted. Long Lane in Newport will declare the total amount raised later in 2021, which is likely to push the total towards £10,000.
Culver Way scoops the top prize of £250 thanks to sponsors Southern Vectis. In second place is Green Lane in Shanklin, a display by James Pett, who receives a £100 cash prize. Third place and £50 prize money goes to Martin Penney at Wellesley Way in Newport.
Light up the Wight will return in 2021. Entries will open in November and the map will go live once again at the start of December.