PEOPLE across the Isle of Wight are enjoying a unique festive tradition — thanks to Southern Vectis.

The bus operator is once again offering its Christmas Lights Tour, taking passengers on open buses to see the Island’s very best illuminations.

And centre of all the attractions is the Long Lane home of Terry and Sue Ramplin.

“Many people ride our Christmas Tour buses year after year — and Terry’s spectacular display in Long Lane is a particular favourite among our festive passengers,” said Richard Tyldsley, general manager of Southern Vectis.

“Terry goes to a tremendous amount of effort with each year’s display surpassing the last.

"His home is one of the Island’s most impressive displays so we’re delighted to be making another donation to help fund replacements for the thousands of bulbs that make the Long Lane illuminations so spectacular.”

Lights supremo Terryn added: “We’ve been turning our home into a lights tradition every Christmas for almost 20 years.

"We switch them on — weather permitting — from 4pm to 10pm every night until December 31, and we couldn’t do it without the help of local businesses like Southern Vectis.

“It’s a huge challenge to keep the display going each year and I’m delighted we’re at the centre of the Southern Vectis Christmas Lights Tour in 2018.”

The Christmas Lights Tour operates nightly from either Ryde or Newport up until Sunday, December 23.

“It lasts for around three hours and we stop off along the way for mince pies, hot drinks and other Christmassy surprises,” said Richard Tyldsley.

“So many people return year after year because it’s the traditional start of festive celebrations for them.

"Our drivers love the fact that people look forward to taking the trip. It’s a wonderful way to start the season.”

Tickets cost £13 per adult and £7 per child (5 to 18 years). A family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) is £33.