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Sunday 23 November 2014

Lighting up lives

ALISON COMYN

Published 05/12/2012 | 10:07

Mayor Paul Bell turning on the lights at Toner's Christmas House.

IT WAS as though Mother Nature had tried to get in on the beautiful decorations on Friday night, as a huge golden moon illuminated the hundreds of little faces eagerly awaiting the switch-on of the stunning lights at Toner's Christmas House.

Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell had his finger poised on the button, as television cameras from TV3 were ready to capture the beautiful sight of millions of twinkling bulbs for a forthcoming programme.

'We were delighted with the number of people who turned up on the first night, as you can never tell with this sort of thing, but we were so fortunate with the weather,' says Mick Toner, the retired garda, who along with his wife Margaret, and his family, decorate their Drybridge home for charity.

'All the hard work is so worthwhile when you see the children enjoying it, and also the amount of money raised for charity.'

After the mayor had flicked the switch, Santa Claus arrived in style on a motorcycle sleigh, accompanied by some outriders from The Coaster MC.

Mary Simpson put on her annual show in the marquee of incredible dance skills, and there was steaming tea and coffee to keep the cold away.

' The Boyne Fisherman's Rescue and Recovery were thrilled with the amount of money raised on the first night, and we had a good turnout on Saturday for SOSAD, and Sunday for Drogheda Town FC,' adds Mick.

'People will keep visiting from now until after Christmas, and I want to thank everyone for leaving donations, as we are also supporting the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre.'

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