Proser­pine home wins light comp

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE win­ner of the 2013 Whit­sun­day Times Christ­mas lights com­pe­ti­tion is Harry and Fay Milne of Proser­pine, with Gary Roser and Court­ney Leifels of Can­non­vale hot on their heels in sec­ond place.

Both homes were com­mended by the judges for their orig­i­nal­ity, cre­ativ­ity and use of colour, and have won a $200 and $100 voucher from Air­lie Beach Ho­tel re­spec­tively.

The Milne’s have been dec­o­rat­ing their house for about 13 years, and have en­tered the Times com­pe­ti­tion for about six years. Both fam­i­lies said they put the en­ergy into dec­o­rat­ing their homes to en­cour­age the Christ­mas spirit, and to de­light the hun­dreds of fam­i­lies who visit their homes to see the dis­play.

“We dec­o­rate with lights for the en­joy­ment ev­ery­one gets,” Ms Milne said, who has seven grand­chil­dren her­self.

“We have a sign out the front invit­ing peo­ple to have a look in­side the hedge. There is a train on its tracks and a white cross with lights that twin­kle like stars. The neigh­bours have helped out, ev­ery­one’s had a laugh.”

The judges, from Zonta Whit­sun­days, the Li­ons Club and the Par­ent Ac­tion Group, drove around on Sun­day judg­ing the eight en­tries from Ju­bilee Pocket to Proser­pine.

Sec­re­tary of the Li­ons Club of Whit­sun­days, He­len Toy, judged the com­pe­ti­tion for the sec­ond year run­ning, and con­grat­u­lated those who en­tered. “Most peo­ple re­ally em­braced the spirit of Christ­mas and put a lot of thought into their dis­plays,” she said. “Peo­ple used some imag­i­na­tion in their dis­plays.”

With six days left un­til Christ­mas, there is still time to drive around to view the dis­plays.

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