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Impressive charity lights display in Linton near Haverhill inspired by the creator's late grandad





Inspired by the loss of a much-loved grandad, a dazzling Christmas lights display is adding the wow factor to a street in Linton, while also raising money for charity.

Found in Finchams Close, the display uses 300 plugs and more than 50,000 LEDs and was put together by Jordan Cooper in memory of his grandad Billy King, who died in February 2020 at the age of 72.

Gardener Jordan, 24, was helped in his illuminating task by his mum Kaela-Ann, dad Russell and younger sister Hollie.

Jordan Cooper with the Christmas lights display in front of his house. Contributed picture
Jordan Cooper with the Christmas lights display in front of his house. Contributed picture

This is the third year that Jordan has put on the display to raise money for the Norfolk Zipper Club (NZC), a small charity run by heart surgery patients in order to buy equipment for the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. Jordan’s grandad had a heart bypass at the hospital in 2004 and was a member of the NZC.

Two years ago he raised £630, with £1,350 coming from last year’s display. Jordan hopes to raise at least £1,000 this time.

His grandad, who was living in Littleport when he died but originated from Sawston, would, said Jordan, have approved of the display were he still alive.

A train engine even forms part of the display as a nod to Billy's love of trains.Contributed picture
A train engine even forms part of the display as a nod to Billy's love of trains.Contributed picture

“He would have absolutely loved it, he really would,” said Jordan, who has also included a naughty elf to the display, which is moved each day so children can take on the challenge try and find where it is hidden.

Jordan added: “Everyone is absolutely loving it. We’ve had people coming round every day.

“The local kids are loving it too, every single day they come round on the way to and from school, trying to find naughty elf.”

The display at the back of Jordan's home in Finchams Close, Linton
The display at the back of Jordan's home in Finchams Close, Linton

A collection box sits in front of the house and a fund-raising page has been established, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the charity.

The display can be seen at the front and back of the house and is switched on daily from 5pm to 10pm, but the back garden gate closes each day at 8pm.

The back garden display will stop on December 29 and the front on January 1.