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longlanechristmaslights2014_002400Next Saturday (3rd December) sees the switch on of the spectacular Long Lane Christmas Lights display in Newport, with Ability Dogs 4 Young People and Homestart Isle of Wight set to benefit from Islander’s generous donations.

Terry and Sue Ramplin have been turning on their display of lights at 68 Long Lane for over 15 years and in the past 2 years alone have raised a staggering £8,500 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. This year, Ability Dogs 4 Young People and Homestart Isle of Wight are to be the recipients of monies raised.

The official switch on will take place on Saturday 3rd December at 18:30 with the Vectis Corps of Drums entertaining the crowds, a countdown from Father Christmas plus mulled wine and mince pies supplied by Hamilton’s Fine Foods. Visitors can expect to be surrounded by festive spirit and the occasional blast of snow (Thanks to Stage Gear)!

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Island Echo has continued to support the charity display in 2016 with the sourcing of lights and signs, as well as arranging a 16ft Christmas tree, courtesy of Shide Trees.

Terry has been spending most days since October sorting, fixing, arranging and hanging up the lights and once they are switched on, he will be outside welcoming visitors every day in the run up to Christmas.

Thank you for supporting the Long Lane Christmas Lights…



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