60,000 lights to illuminate Paul Toole's festive Wells Bungalow
By abbie_wells | Monday, November 26, 2012, 13:59
Wells' own Paul Toole is gearing up for his annual Christmas Lights switch on this week, which this year will see his bungalow lit up by a whopping 60,000 LED lights.
Paul is using 10,000 more LED lights than last year to illuminate his Bungalow on Manning Close
Paul's Manning Close Christmas Lights Switch-On has become a regular fixture on the Wells Christmas calendar, as he invites the whole city to his house for mulled wine, mince pies and live entertainment before he lights up his transformed Bungalow for everyone to see.
This year, no expenses are spared for Paul, who has organised a Santas Grotto, a 9ft Christmas Wreath and he has even invited international singers, Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine to perform outside his house.
Paul Shinar and Laura Fealy will also be performing live at Paul's Christmas show.
He has also imported the latest in lighting technology all the way from the US. He describes these 'Cosmic Coloured Ribbons' as "the ultimate in lighting features to any member of the lighting community across the world."
Approximately 60,000 LED lights will be used to illuminate Paul's spectacularly festive bungalow this year, 10,000 more than he used last year.
Paul believes that without a doubt, his house is THE most 'Christmasy' in the UK.
He said: "Without blowing my own mince pie I would definitely describe my house as the most Christmasy in the UK.
"You see, decorating here at home in the extreme way does kind of become an addiction, the more people that come by to see the lights, the bigger and better it gets each year
"Inevitably the cost of this also rises. I would imagine the cost of this to be on average around the £5,000 mark each year. Possibly more!".
Around 1,000 people from across the UK turned up to the Manning Close Christmas Lights show last year and Paul is expecting even more this year:
Paul's lights will be switched on by Michael Eavis, founder of the Glastonbury Festival, this year
"The community are fantastic," Paul explained, "and the event easily draws over 1,000 visitors to the switch on night.
"Each night after the switch on, we can sometimes get over 300-500 visitors nightly. Some driving from all over the country.
"I've had texts and calls for example from people in Sussex and Preston asking if they can come by and visit me to see the lights!" Paul added.
Although the community support Paul's venture for the most part, he has had a few negative comments from local grinches about his show.
He said: "You'll always find a grinch or two about, who think lighting your home at Christmas is tacky or perhaps a waste of money.
"However, when you see peoples faces light up and the amount it raises for charity, this far out weighs these miseries! All I can say is, I wouldn't want to be pulling their cracker at the table on Christmas day!
Paul added: "Christmas spirit is something which was instilled in me from an early age. My Mum and Dad always gave me fabulous Christmases.
"It's always been a magical time of the year for me. It's not just about the gifts, its one day of the year where we seem to forget about our daily routines and worries and come together as a family."
The Manning Close Christmas Lights Show is taking place this Friday (November 30) at 6.30pm, so why not join Paul, Santa and the Christmas crowds for some festive cheer at Number 18, Manning Close in Wells.