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Mike’s festive fairyland lights up his street – and helps charity, too

PUBLISHED: 12:29 09 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:29 09 December 2018

Mike Talbot with Pippa, Joshua, Millie-Jo, Imogen and Yasmine who have come to see the lights Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Mike Talbot with Pippa, Joshua, Millie-Jo, Imogen and Yasmine who have come to see the lights Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Mike Talbot has covered his house in Christmas lights in aid of EACH and the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMike Talbot has covered his house in Christmas lights in aid of EACH and the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One of those making his home shine brighter duriing December is Mike Talbot, who lives in Oak Close and has decorated his house for the last 10 years.

He is now supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH) and Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service.

Mr Talbot said: “It started off with six decorations outside for my son and added more along the way.

“I remember that I saw a bunch of lights at a charity shop and decided to buy them – it’s just grown and grown from there.”

Joshua, Millie-Jo, Yasmine and Imogen love the lights Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNNJoshua, Millie-Jo, Yasmine and Imogen love the lights Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNN

Mr Talbot estimates the display has cost him almost £2,000 since he started assembling his displays.

While thousands of bulbs might sound like a big expense on electricity, he uses low-energy lightbulbs – which means the bill at the end of the month is just £38.

He added: “I hope that with a bit more publicity this year I can raise even more money.”

Mike Talbot with Joshua Catchpool  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMike Talbot with Joshua Catchpool Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN