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Thousands of Christmas lights dazzle from the brightest house on the street

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

  • Ernie Talbot dressed as Santa outside his house in Longlevens covered in christmas lights

  • Joshua Bowers visiting the display and meeting santa

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It has to been one of the most sparkling houses on the street for the past 20 years and the Talbot’s have yet again decorated their house inside and out for Christmas.

Festive lights hang off their home, while decorative snowmen and Santas are displayed in their front garden. Every room in the house has a Christmas tree.

Josephine, 65, from Ogbourne Close, Longlevens, said: “We must have thousands of lights but this year we are going to give the ceilings inside a miss because we have replastered them.

“We have been doing this for 20 years. The neighbours start to ask us by October when we are setting up. We love Christmas and always decorate our house inside too.

“We do have an expensive bill but my husband said if it was about the money we wouldn’t do it.”

Husband Ernie, 66, decided to give little ones a sweet when they visited their home on Friday evening.

Josephine added: “He dressed up as Santa and we gave little visitors a sweet.

“Christmas is an expensive time for us because our three children’s birthday is around this time too.”

The couple also place a money tin outside their home to raise money for good causes every year.

Last year they raised money for Milestone School and Acorn Children’s Hospice.

Mrs Talbot said: “In the past Milestone school have used the money to buy equipment for their pupils.”

The couple are entering the Deck the Hall competition, run by the Gloucester Citizen and sister papers the Gloucestershire Echo and Stroud Life.

All you need to do is submit an image of your house via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email to promotions@glosmedia.co.uk.

Editor Jenny Eastwood will judge the entries and the best dressed house will win a luxury hamper.

Pictures must be submitted by Wednesday and the winner will be announced on Monday, December 23.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  December 17 2013, 4:21PM

    Deck the halls with carbon output, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to spend lolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Light yeh house with shale gas power, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the Echo Yule tide comments, Fa la la la la, la la la la. See the tacky lights before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Strike a match and burn the planet. Fa la la la la, la la la la. Follow me in global warming, Fa la la la la, la la la la. While I tell of widespread flooding, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

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  • Beekeeper  |  December 17 2013, 3:52PM


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  • GlosAnarchy  |  December 17 2013, 11:40AM

    People have said the same every year but the newspapers still run these competitions, are they sponsored by Eon or something?

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  • supernova1  |  December 17 2013, 10:38AM

    GlosAnarchy.......I get the message, but I'd rather put it a little different. Take the cost of the lights, the cost of the leccy, and put it in an envelope to the same charity every year. I know the only response will be 'Ahhhhh, what about the children?', well if they knew we were leaving a dust bowl of a planet for the future generations, they would rather go without the lights.......well, I'm thinking the educated ones would.

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