Christ­mas cheer is 62,000 bulbs and grow­ing

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FOR most peo­ple, Christ­mas is still a cou­ple of weeks away.

But for Rochester’s Ken Hock­ing, it started months ago.

The Baynes St res­i­dent be­gan putting up his an­nual Christ­mas lights dis­play in Oc­to­ber and he’s still hard at it ap­ply­ing the fin­ish­ing touches.

This is the 11th year Mr Hock­ing has or­gan­ised the dis­play at his home and it continues to at­tract more than 10,000 amazed on­look­ers each De­cem­ber.

‘‘Some­times I feel like I’ve cre­ated a mon­ster,’’ he laughed.

‘‘It’s get­ting chal­leng­ing. I’m run­ning out of room be­tween all the an­i­mals, the sleds and all the stuff I keep adding.

‘‘I’m def­i­nitely not sick of it, but it is tir­ing and there is so much work in­volved.’’

The bulb count for this year is al­ready up to 62,000, its most ever, while a life­size sleigh, com­plete with nine rein­deer, is a new ad­di­tion in which vis­i­tors can take pho­tos.

‘‘I just love the joy it gives to so many peo­ple and it’s not just kids, the el­derly love it too,’’ Mr Hock­ing said.

‘‘It seems like there are less peo­ple do­ing Christ­mas dis­plays in the area, but I plan on do­ing this for as long as I can.’’

The dis­play can be seen from the street, but Mr Hock­ing urged vis­i­tors to get out of their cars and check the large range of at­trac­tions in­side his shed.

As usual, thou­sands of lolly bags will be handed out to chil­dren, while bis­cuits will be avail­able to se­niors.

Free fairy floss will be avail­able on the even­ings of De­cem­ber 21, 23 and 24.

Mr Hock­ing’s dec­o­ra­tions can be seen from af­ter 8pm each night out­side his home at 99 Baynes St, Rochester.

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