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George Brown with Robert Clay and mum Linda Clay. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.
George Brown with Robert Clay and mum Linda Clay. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.

A 93-year-old has pulled out all the stops with his Christmas lights to help out one of his neighbours.

George Brown, from Scole, has spent the last two months putting up hundreds of lights including glowing arches, Santas, candy sticks and angels, around his house.

They gained thousands of views online.

The former decorator had vowed that 2017 would be the last year he would decorate his house in Karen Close, which he has done for the last 10 years.

But the kind-hearted nonagenarian was inspired to keep going after raising around £400 for Chapel Green School in Old Buckenham with last year’s display.

One of his neighbours, Robert Clay, 14, who has special needs, attends the school and Mr Brown said he would like to help out after talking to Robert’s mum, Linda.

George's Christmas lights display
George's Christmas lights display

“George has been absolutely amazing,” said Linda, 44, a dinner lady.

“I told him about Robert’s school last year and he decided to help raise some money.

“We thought it was the last year he would put up his display, but he was out there again in September putting up his lights.”

Mr Brown, who has lived in Scole for 50 years, worked as a self-employed decorator and then as a forklift truck driver at Jewson’s.

Known for being very particular about his light display, around 50 neighbours attended the official switch-on on Saturday.

“We see him out there, in and out, putting things up and then taking them down – he really puts a lot of thought into the design,” said June Brooks, who lives opposite.

Mr Brown hopes to raise £500 this year.

“I was inspired by last year’s fundraising and by helping out Robert, so decided to do it again,” he said.

“I have now decided to keep going as long as I am able to. I am glad everybody likes seeing them.”

George Brown, neighbour Linda Clay, and son Robert.
George Brown, neighbour Linda Clay, and son Robert.


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