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Around 23,000 lights make up a fund-raising festive display at a Feltwell house.

For 20 years Roy Cooke and his wife Eva have put neighbours in the festive spirit by covering their home in thousands of Christmas lights to raise money for the West Suffolk Hospital charity My WiSH.

Marking the start of the festive period, the switch-on took place on yesterday at 6pm.

Eva Cooke and visitors Thomas Joseph and Daisy Barton. Picture by Mark Westley
Eva Cooke and visitors Thomas Joseph and Daisy Barton. Picture by Mark Westley

The couple gave out hot dogs for a donation as part of the annual switch-on, which attracts a crowd of around 300 people every year.

The pair were inspired to begin the fund-raising venture after Eva fell ill and received ‘amazing’ support at the Bury St Edmunds based hospital.

Raising around £500 annually, Roy counts up the cash and takes it to the charity, placing a copy of the receipt in the village magazine so residents can find out how much they’ve raised.