Reaching out with lights

Reaching out with lights

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The Bailey’s grandchildren including 18-month-old Havana, eight-week-old Jordan, Emily, 9, Ella Jane, 5, Sophie, 2, Dylan, 11, and Noah, 7, enjoy the lights. Photograph – Matt Devlin.
The Bailey’s grandchildren including 18-month-old Havana, eight-week-old Jordan, Emily, 9, Ella Jane, 5, Sophie, 2, Dylan, 11, and Noah, 7, enjoy the lights. Photograph – Matt Devlin.

Some of the best Christmas lights in Byford are back and delighting crowds with an array of moving displays.

David and Bev Bailey have been decorating their Old Brickworks Road home every Christmas for the past seven years and have designed and built moving displays including a ferris wheel and carousel for the past five years.

Mr Bailey said this year wouldn’t disappoint with the new addition of a large octopus-type display, boasting about 8000 lights and six large arms.

“We still get a lot of first timers come through who you can see are just mesmerised by it all, but we get a lot of people now who come every year and you can see them searching for the new things,” he said.

“We try to have something new every year and I usually start looking at the next project right after Christmas.

“It’s a big job because you have to go through the whole process to make sure what you’re actually going to build is going to work as a Christmas display so we usually start construction by August and it’s often ready on the ground by November.”

Mr Bailey said aside from the displays there was also a wishing well for people to donate to the Make a Wish foundation.

“We raised about $5200 last year and we’re looking to match that again,” he said.

“We’ve already had a lot of people come through and we’re definitely on our way.”

He said Santa is also expected to make a visit on December 18.