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longlanechristmaslightsThe Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will this year benefit from the switch on of the Christmas lights at Long Lane, Newport.

The annual event, organised by homeowners Terry and Sue Ramplin of 68 Long Lane, will take place on Saturday (29th November) at 19:00 and local residents are invited to come and join in the festive fun.

Terry and Sue Ramplin have been putting up their display of lights for thirteen years, and many charities have benefitted from their generosity.  Preparations begin in October, and once the lights are up, Terry is out in all weathers, keeping an eye on the lights, changing lamps and checking the wires, so that they always look fantastic.

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As the lights are switched on at 19:00 on Saturday, there will be a host of entertainment, as well as mulled wine and mince pies for everyone.  Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will also be there with a merchandise and information stand, as will Hamiltons, Vectis Corp of Drums and John Brodie with his bagpipes.

Those who are unable to make the festive celebrations are encouraged to drive along Long Lane to have a look at the lights when they can, not forgetting to put a few coins in the pot to help keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.

Islanders taking the Christmas Southern Vectis tour bus will be able to make Long Lane one of the attractions on their route.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies seven days a week and attends an average of two to three missions a day, many of them life saving.  The charity receives no government, statutory or national lottery funding for operational purposes, and is entirely dependent on gifts received from members of the public, companies and grant-making bodies to keep the Air Ambulance flying.

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