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Rushall house covered in Christmas lights in October

By Jordan Reynolds | Walsall | News | Published:

While most people were getting their costumes ready for Halloween, Terry Tapper was beginning his annual tradition of covering his house in Christmas decorations.

The 72-year-old's wife June, also 72, has always been a big fan of Christmas, so each year they have invested more and more in the colourful lights, and have to start putting them up in October.

Mr Tapper, who is now retired, said it takes about four weekends to put up all the decorations now at his house in Lichfield Road, Rushall.

He said: "My wife June just loves Christmas and we started off with one little snowman and each year we try and get more.

"There are so many that we have to do it in stages, it takes about four weekends.

"We start in October when we have lighter nights and in early November as it can be mild then."

Mr Tapper said he has strangers stop him in the street and ask when he will be putting the decorations up.

"A lot of people ask me when we're going to start the lights," he added.

"The feedback we get is unreal, I was in Sainsbury's recently and a lady came up to me and asked me when I was going to start the lights again.

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"People come and take pictures with the lights. We have the LED rope lights, silhouettes and a blow-up Father Christmas, a snowman and new for this year a polar bear.

"It's a pleasure to do it for people when I realise how many people enjoy them.

"All I ask is people to remember the true meaning of Christmas."

Mr Tapper said he will begin the process of taking down the lights on January 4 or 5.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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