AN ISLE of Wight resident renowned for illuminating the winter season with his Christmas lights has announced the date for his big switch on.

Terry Ramplin’s spectacular displays have been a feature of Newport’s Long Lane since 2000, with more than £30,000 raised for a range of Island charities over the past 19 winter seasons.

Terry said: “The idea started with my neighbour 19 years ago, we had a little box on the wall for people to put donations in for good causes.

“Since then it’s continued to grow, with the donations becoming more generous and Southern Vectis adding us as a stop on their Christmas Lights Tour.

“This year’s switch on will have the Vectis Corps of Drums Marching Band playing, and we’ll be offering mulled wine, hot chocolate, minced pies and sausage rolls for those who come along.”

The opening night will take place on Saturday, November 30, at 6pm, and is free to attend, with donations appreciated.

The Wight Brainy Bunch and John’s Club have been announced by Terry as charities that will receive funds from this year’s 20th anniversary instalment of the event.

He said: "We switch the lights on — weather permitting — from 4pm to 10pm every night until the end of December, and we couldn’t do it without the help of local businesses like Southern Vectis and kindness of all those who donate.”

Southern Vectis announced yesterday (Monday) that Terry’s lights will be featured as the star display of this year’s Christmas Lights Tour, taking passengers on open top buses to see the Island’s very best illuminations.