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Richard Tyldsley (L) with Terry Ramplin (R)

People across the Isle of Wight are enjoying a unique festive tradition – thanks to Southern Vectis. 

The bus operator is once again offering its annual Christmas Lights Tour – taking passengers on open top buses to see the Island’s very best illuminations.

Centre of all the attractions is the Long Lane home of Terry and Sue Ramplin, who are being supported by Southern Vectis again this year.

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Richard Tyldsley, General Manager of Southern Vectis says:

“Many people ride our Christmas Tour buses year after year – and Terry’s spectacular display in Long Lane is a particular favourite among our festive passengers.

“Terry goes to a tremendous amount of effort – with each year’s display surpassing the last. His home is one of the island’s most impressive displays – so we’re delighted to be making another donation to help fund replacements for the thousands of bulbs that make the Long Lane illuminations so spectacular.”

Lights supremo Terry Ramplin added:

“We’ve been turning our home into a lights tradition every Christmas for almost 20 years. We switch them on – weather permitting – from 4pm to 10pm every night until 31 December, and we couldn’t do it without the help of local businesses like Southern Vectis.

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“It’s a huge challenge to keep the display going each year – and I’m delighted we’re at the centre of the Southern Vectis Christmas Lights Tour in 2018.”

From tomorrow (Saturday 8th December), the Christmas Lights Tour operates nightly from either Ryde or Newport up until Sunday 23rd December.

Richard has added:

“It lasts for around three hours – and we stop off along the way for mince pies, hot drinks and other Christmassy surprises. So many people return year after year because it’s the traditional start of festive celebrations for them. Our drivers love the fact that people look forward to taking the trip. It’s a wonderful way to start the season.”

Tickets cost £13 per adult and £7 per child (5 to 18 years). A family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) is just £33.

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