From early December, a spectacular Christmas light display brightened Mickleham Road, Orpington visited by hundreds of people. Stephen Parkins who lives at number four and Terry Batney who lives at number five are the men responsible and has been decorating their houses over the past ten years for charity. The CCT and CCT Tiger Ward have been their chosen charity for the past three years.
Sadly, Mr Parkins lost his mother to cancer after
being cared for in the Chartwell Unit, at the PRUH.
Mr Parkins said, “My mum loved the lights. Last year she couldn’t get out, but we were on ITV News, so she still got to see them”.
Every year, Mr Parkins dresses up as Olaf from Frozen and Mr Batney dresses up as Father Christmas to welcome the visitors. Mr Parkins said, “People love it, especially the kids. They love dancing with Olaf and seeing Father Christmas. Quite a lot of the youngsters get very excited. The atmosphere is great and it brings the community spirit back and really brightens up the street. All our neighbours come out and chat. The police always toot when they go past”. He added, “Health withstanding, we will carry on and try to get bigger every year”.
Terry, his wife Pat, Lesley and Steve would like to thank everyone who came and visited them and for their amazing generosity.