I'm all lit up with Southend Christmas cheer

Basildon Recorder: Sharon Lambert outside her Honiton Road house Sharon Lambert outside her Honiton Road house

WITH only 20 days until Christmas, plenty of people are getting into the spirit by adorning their homes with festive lights, but one Southend effort will take some beating.

For the past 20 years, Sharon Lambert, 53, of Honiton Road, has gone all-out with her yuletide decorations, spending thousands on illuminating her home.

But it just isn’t the outside of her house that receives a festive makeover – inside is just as spectacular, with no less than seven trees in the Lambert household.

Mrs Lambert said: “I just love Christmas and I absolutely love the lights. It’s lovely watching children’s faces as they come down the street and stop to have a look at it.

“I’ve been doing it for about 20 years and parents ask me each year when the decorations will go up so they can show their children.

“I would keep it up all year if I could, but I’ll probably take them down at the end of January.”

Mrs Lambert, who lives with her husband Bob, 63, daughter Sophie, 27, and granddaughter Ellie-Mae Slater, seven, started putting up her display in the middle of November.

It took the family three weeks to put it all together. They even bought a 12ft tree for the house, which they had to shorten just to fit it in.

Mrs Lambert added: “My husband loves it too.

“I’ve had him up the ladders putting it all up.”

But despite having her decorations up early doors, she still hasn’t finished her Christmas preparations.

She said: “I’ve done the majority of my Christmas shopping but I haven’t prepared for our meal yet. The decorations come first.”

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12:40pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Hamlet Court Road shopping area is a disgrace! Not a festive light bulb to be found. Shameful.
Hamlet Court Road shopping area is a disgrace! Not a festive light bulb to be found. Shameful. Alice in Her Own Land :P

12:59pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Muzt be nice to haveomoney to waste on all that electricity.....
Muzt be nice to haveomoney to waste on all that electricity..... Howard Cháse

2:09pm Fri 6 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Be careful Sharon Lambert...there will be some on here saying its disgraceful you spending so much on lights and that you should give all your money to the food bank.

My view is they look great and bring happiness to many passing people and kids.
and Howie todays lights are LED so low electric usage, once brought should last many years.
Be careful Sharon Lambert...there will be some on here saying its disgraceful you spending so much on lights and that you should give all your money to the food bank. My view is they look great and bring happiness to many passing people and kids. and Howie todays lights are LED so low electric usage, once brought should last many years. DogsMessInLeigh

3:13pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Tich25 says...

When you drive around at night thoses houses that have spent that much time on there christmas decorations are a pleasure to see so for those that celebrate christmas it sends out a good will message
When you drive around at night thoses houses that have spent that much time on there christmas decorations are a pleasure to see so for those that celebrate christmas it sends out a good will message Tich25

3:46pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Eviekat says...

It's not really a show stopper tho is it lol!
It's not really a show stopper tho is it lol! Eviekat

3:49pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Eviekat says...

Oh I bet her hubby just loves scaling the house in the blistering cold weather and appallingly high winds, I'm sure he grins at every hammer blow as he clutches for dear life in a rickety ladder! I'm sure he's still smiling about it Hahahaha!
Oh I bet her hubby just loves scaling the house in the blistering cold weather and appallingly high winds, I'm sure he grins at every hammer blow as he clutches for dear life in a rickety ladder! I'm sure he's still smiling about it Hahahaha! Eviekat

4:15pm Fri 6 Dec 13

LTEchoReader says...

Eviekat wrote:
It's not really a show stopper tho is it lol!
I'm with you, there are way more elaborate displays on some houses than this one!
[quote][p][bold]Eviekat[/bold] wrote: It's not really a show stopper tho is it lol![/p][/quote]I'm with you, there are way more elaborate displays on some houses than this one! LTEchoReader

6:45pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Good luck to anyone, who gets amused from coloured lights, soon, will be the only outside lights on after midnight.
Good luck to anyone, who gets amused from coloured lights, soon, will be the only outside lights on after midnight. Nowthatsworthknowing

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