Faces light up at Christ­mas

Dis­play of more than 30,000 lights wins top gong

Gatton Star - - IN AND AROUND SOMERSET LIFE - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

THE dis­ap­point­ment of a young girl was Lola Beard’s mo­ti­va­tion be­hind her Christ­mas light dis­play in 2018.

Af­ter put­ting up lights on and off for the past 12 years, Mrs Beard planned to give the fes­tive sea­son a miss un­til the lit­tle girl paid her a visit and ig­nited her Christ­mas spirit.

“When I said I wasn’t go­ing to put my lights up the lit­tle girl got quite up­set and said ‘you have to, we just love com­ing and look­ing at them’,” Mrs Beard said.

Put­ting smiles on faces and spread­ing the Christ­mas cheer has been her mo­ti­va­tion.

Made up of al­most 40,000 lights, her Lin­de­mans Road dis­play lit up the Som­er­set sky ev­ery evening be­fore Christ­mas and took the top gong in the lights com­pe­ti­tion.

“I had never won, I had a cou­ple of se­conds, but I didn’t join ev­ery year be­cause I did it for the fun of it,” she said.

“I do it for the kids, I’ve got five grand­chil­dren and they all en­joy it.”

Mrs Beard’s ef­forts won her first place in the Dis­play over 10,000 lights cat­e­gory in the 2018 Som­er­set Christ­mas Lights Com­pe­ti­tion.

She said the dis­play was a col­lec­tion of lights from all the years she had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I just hope peo­ple get en­joy­ment out of it be­cause it is a lot of hard work and it is time-con­sum­ing,”

Mrs Beard said.

“When peo­ple com­ment and say nice things about them it makes it all worth­while.”

With the help of her two friends Mrs Beard dec­o­rated the win­ning prop­erty for a full two days and then Mrs Beard spent the next three weeks fill­ing in the gaps.

Mrs Beard was de­lighted to win the cat­e­gory and planned to en­ter again this year.

❝ I just hope peo­ple get en­joy­ment out of it be­cause it is a lot of hard work. — Lola Beard

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG WIN­NER: Lola Beard’s Christ­mas light dis­play won first place in the ‘10,000 lights and over’ cat­e­gory.

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