Are these the most festive homes in South Tyneside?
Adorned with flashing lights and giant inflatables, these families are going all out to spread Christmas joy throughout the borough.
Decorating the house is certainly a family affair for the residents of two houses in Hadrian Road, Low Simonside, Jarrow.
Tracey Burton looks forward to covering her home in festive lights each year, as do her next door neighbours, her parents Harry and Margaret Scott.
The annual tradition began when Tracey and husband Leslie’s eldest daughter, Ashleigh, now 29, was a youngster.
Tracey, 51, said: “We started off with just a few lights when Ashleigh was about seven, me and my mam both put lights along the fence and then we just added more and more over the years.
People driving past pull their cars over to stop and get pictures as well. It was odd at first but we’re used to it now.Tracey Burton
“And now that we’ve got grandkids, Riley and Emmie, we’ll be carrying it on for as long as we can. They absolutely love it.”
Tracey says hers and her parent’s homes are so well known for their Christmas lights that people stop them in the street to ask about them.
She added: “When I’m shopping in Jarrow in the run-up to Christmas, people always stop me and ask when we’re putting the lights up and our kids Charleigh and Alex, who live with us, get messages on Facebook about it.
“People driving past pull their cars over to stop and get pictures as well. It was odd at first but we’re used to it now.
“We try to get something new for the display every year and we just absolutely love Christmas, it’s a big thing for the family. My mam doesn’t go as overboard on the inside as the outside, but I do. My sitting room is as festive as the outside.”
Over in Whiteleas, Stan Yannetta is giving Tracey some competition.
The 54-year-old, who is pals with Tracey’s husband Leslie, has covered his home in Heaton Gardens, off Benton Road, with dozens of festive lights.
Many people will recognise his home as its garden is packed with statues of characters like Laurel and Hardy and King Kong, who have been given a Yuletide makeover.
The grandad-of-four, who runs Stan’s Autos in Commercial Road, said: “I do it for the kids really because they absolutely love it.
“My four grandkids love seeing the house lit up every year.
“I’ve collected the lights over the last five years or so, I get quite a lot of stuff from eBay and I’ve got even more for next year, the roof is going to be covered too.
“I get a lot of attention because of it and the neighbours are always really pleased because they’re kids love it to.
“I always see people pulling up in their cars to take pictures and kids stopping to have their picture taken by their mams as they’re walking past.
“I’ve always been really into Christmas.”
Can your festive decorations rival these ones?
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