THE spirit of Christmas is alive and well thanks to two streets at opposite ends of the city.
For more than 20 years, Kennington Close in Newport Pagnell, pictured top, has seen the majority of its 16 homes covered in decorations as Christmas approaches.
Steve Farthing, who lives in the street, is credited with starting the tradition. Before he was semi-retired, the decorating used to take him three weekends to set up.
He said: “It all started when my girls were in Ousedale School and eventually everyone joined in. It is purely for fun and makes the street look nice.
“It’s nice that people come down here just to see the lights.”
In Melrose Avenue in Bletchley, Steve Smith, pictured bottom, and his two neighbours have also got into the Christmas spirit by covering their houses with festive decorations.
Steve said: “There are three of us in a row and we officially collect for Willen Hospice. There is a sign in the garden telling people to knock the door and donate and it’s nice that we now have an official bucket to collect with.
“Every year we also decorate the inside of the house with toys and decorations and each time we have groups of children from Abbeys Primary School invited along to come and take a look.
“It’s all good fun, we all enjoy it and it’s nice to see cars deliberately drive into the cul-de-sac and slow down so they can see them.”
The decorations are set up every year by Steve and his wife Val along with their two neighbours Barry and Di Clargo and Kath and Bill Shields.
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