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Australian family wins back Xmas lights record

AN AUSTRALIAN family has reclaimed their Guinness World Record by stringing up more than half a million Christmas lights around their suburban home.
MyPaper - November 27, 2013
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Australian family wins back Xmas lights record

AN AUSTRALIAN family has reclaimed their Guinness World Record by stringing up more than half a million Christmas lights around their suburban home.

 

Guinness World Records official Chris Sheedy confirmed yesterday that the Richards family of Canberra set the record for the most Christmas lights on a residential property with 502,165 twinkling bulbs.

 

The family first entered the famous record book in 2001 with 331,038 multicoloured lights, but were trumped last year by a family in LaGrangeville, New York, who illuminated their home with 346,283 lights.

 

The Richards home in suburban Forrest will be open to the public from the weekend to raise money for charity. Mr David Richards - husband of Janean and father of three - said most of his neighbours supported the display. But some haven't spoken to him since the last record was set.

 

"I have always loved Christmas. Having the lights, with the community coming in and sharing (the experience) is a time to get to know people you probably should know better," he said.

 

He added that while he bought the lights, a local power company would donate an estimated A$2,500 (S$2,900) to illuminate them for the next month.

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