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The man behind the magic… Terry Ramplin

A large crowd gathered at Long Lane in Newport on Saturday night for the 20th switch on of Terry Ramplin’s Christmas Lights display – the Star Display in this year’s Light up the Wight.

Terry and Sue have decorated their house with a vast array of festive lights for the 20th year running, with the aim of raising thousands of pounds for charity and bringing enjoyment to all in the process. This year’s charities are The Wight Brainy Bunch and John’s Club.

Although the rain stayed away, much to everyone’s relief, Jack Frost was certainly nipping at the noses of those who gathered. Warm mince pies, sausage rolls and mulled wine were served, with all monies raised going towards the overall fundraising effort.

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Seasonal entertainment was provided by a marching band ahead of the big red button being pressed by Father Christmas to illuminate proceedings.

Long Lane Christmas Lights are switched on every evening from around 16:00 until 22:00 between now and the New Year. Terry can be found outside most evenings welcoming visitors in – you may even find the odd chocolate or two! The display is included on Southern Vectis’ Christmas Lights tour, which begins on 7th December.

Island Echo’s Light up the Wight competition, in association with Southern Vectis and sponsored by Utilita, has officially launched for 2019! Long Lane is once again our Star Display and is certainly a must-visit for those following our special festive map. For more information visit


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Terry Kirkby
Terry Kirkby

What a joy to see and wow fair play to the family and of course the neighbors for not complaining! Just lovely and im in Essex!

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