AN ISLE of Wight resident ushered in the Christmas season with an evening of song, illumination and festive fare on Saturday.

Terry Ramplin celebrated 20 seasons of Christmas switch-ons at his home in Long Lane, where it all began in 2000, with hoardes attending the opening night of his Christmas lights display.

In two decades, Terry has raised more than £30,000 for a range of Island charities.

This year his nominated causes are the Wight Brainy Bunch and John's Club.

In the build-up to the switch-on, 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."

Terry is content for anyone to visit his display, although he would urge those who go along to donate if they wish to view the lights.

He is always happy to remind them of the dedication and endeavour that he puts in to create the spectacle.

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