Un­be­lieve-bauble! My 2,000 dec­o­ra­tions

Daily Express - - Waging War On Loneliness - By Dan Coles

Glit­ter gran... Sylvia’s amaz­ing 2,000-bauble dis­play GREAT grand­mother Sylvia Pope is all ready to have a ball this Christ­mas – she has spent four months hang­ing 2,000 baubles worth £15,000 from her liv­ing room ceil­ing.

Sylvia, 76, started her mam­moth col­lec­tion 19 years ago af­ter ad­mir­ing a smaller col­lec­tion at a friend’s house.

She be­gan putting up her fes­tive haul in the sum­mer to en­sure the dis­play looked stun­ning by De­cem­ber.

And she refuses to let her fam­ily help her, in case of break­ages.

The re­tired cater­ing su­per­vi­sor said: “I re­ally en­joy set­ting my baubles up all over my house.

“I won’t let any­one help me, even though it gets a lit­tle harder each year.

“My fam­ily get an­gry at me but it’s my own lit­tle hobby that I en­joy tak­ing my time with.” Di­vorcee Sylvia’s bauble booty in­cludes pieces she bought dur­ing her world trav­els. She said: “I have col­lected them from all over – Holland, Malta,

New York, Prague, Las Ve­gas and the Cay­man Is­lands.

“I think some peo­ple across the pond may beat me with their col­lec­tion, but in the UK I would have thought I’m some­where up there with the best.” The dec­o­ra­tions are a mix of cheap and cheer­ful and more ex­pen­sive, in­clud­ing one that cost £85. Other ex­am­ples are worth be­tween £20 and £60. In her first year col­lect­ing the dec­o­ra­tions, Sylvia, from Swansea, bought around 60 and her bauble haul just kept on grow­ing. She usu­ally takes about two months as­sem­bling and hang­ing the dis­play

– and ad­mits she has to re­plas­ter her ceil­ing ev­ery year to cover the thou­sands of holes.

The mother-of-four, who has 10 grand­chil­dren and 11 great-grand­childen, said of her col­lec­tion: “The ex­pen­sive ones get spe­cial treat­ment, dou­ble wrapped and put in an ex­tra-safe place when they’re not hang­ing from the ceil­ing.

“I can’t a pick a favourite though. My fam­ily all try to get me re­ally lovely ones and they would be fum­ing if I sin­gled one out!”

Pic­tures: MATTHEW HOR­WOOD / CATERS

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