The amazing house that is turning heads in Doncaster this Christmas
It may not be a white Christmas.
But it will certainly be a bright Christmas at Dawn and Graham Nottingham’s home in Doncaster.
The couple’s home has become a festive landmark in Stainforth for the number of Christmas lights that are on show in the garden and on the front of the house on Church Road.
From the rows of illuminated Santas along the garden path and the colourful lights set up in a pyramid which light up their fountain, to the giant glowing baubles on the wall above the door, the property is decked out in illiuminations that would turn Blackpool green with envy.
The couple first started decorating the front of their home when they first became parents. At that point they lived on Queens Cresent in the town. Their children, Shirley-Ann and Darren, are now in their 30s.
Nowadays, their six grandchildren love to see the lights when they visit.
Dawn, aged 58, a cleaner at nearby Long Toft Primary School, and Graham, a 57-year-old builder, spend two days putting the lights up, and Dawn says it is it time well spent. She said taking them down was quicker.
She said: “People stop and have a look at the lights when they walk past. I think the children at the school nearby love to see them after school.
“If we don’t get them up early, people will ask us if we are putting them up this year.
“We’re not the only people who decorate our houses. I know there are some out towards Thorne to do the same sort of thing, and I wouldn’t like to say whose are the best in Doncaster.
“It is quite an expensive hobby. I can’t remember the first one that we bought, because you have to replace things every few years because they burn out. They don’t last for ever.
“Shirley-Ann used to decorate her house at one stage, but I think they just come to look at ours now.”