Saturday 16 December 2017

Family sets Christmas lights record

People look at the Richards home illuminated with miniature lights in Canberra (AP/AAPIMAGE, Alan Porritt)
People look at the Richards home illuminated with miniature lights in Canberra (AP/AAPIMAGE, Alan Porritt)
People look at the Richards home illuminated with miniature lights in Canberra (AP/AAPIMAGE, Alan Porritt)

An Australian family has reclaimed their world record for stringing up Christmas lights with up more than half a million around their suburban home.

The Richards family from Canberra first entered the Guinness World Records book in 2001 with 331,038 multi- coloured lights. But they were trumped last year by a family in New York, who used 346,283 lights.

The Richards stepped up to 502,165 twinkling bulbs on more than 31 miles of wire to raise money for charity.

David Richards - husband of Janean and father of Aidan, 13, Caitlin, 10, and Madelyn, 6 - said most of his neighbours supported the display. But some had not spoken to him since the last record was set.

"I have always loved Christmas. Having the Christmas lights with the community coming in and sharing it is a time when you get to know people you probably should know better, I guess," he said.

He said while he bought the lights, a local power company would donate the estimated £1,500 in electricity that would illuminate them for the next month.

He had vowed he had retired from Christmas lights competition after his 2011 record. While Mr Richards will not rule out a defence of his latest record, he said he would need a generator to get any more electricity for his home.

-AP

Press Association

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