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Bulb bonanza twinkles its way to top prize for biggest festive garden of 2021

Wales: Govilon family discuss their dazzling Christmas lights

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Matt Witham has worked hard to improve his amazing light shows outside his Isle of Wight home each year for a decade. Walls, trees and shrubs are decked out with individual multi-coloured bulbs, as well as animated snowmen and trees. Christmas puddings and stars feature in the design which covers every section of his property.

Now the retail worker’s stunning 2021 scene has won Biggest Outdoor Display in TV gardener David Domoney’s Illumination Street contest, which landed Matt £1,000 in vouchers from sponsor British Garden Centres.

Matt said: “Winning means the absolute world to me. I’ve been doing a large Christmas lights display for several years and this year is the biggest display I’ve done – and the first year raising money for charity, Suicide Prevention and Intervention Isle Of Wight and the Samaritans. Thank you so much.”

Second prize went to Daniel Greenaway of Bodmin, Cornwall who converted his house into a toy shop – while Cameron Clark, who crafted a sparkling Yuletide paradise for the community of Kilbride at his home, took third.

This year’s contest, supported by the Daily Express and offering £5,000 in prizes, attracted record entries, showing spirits are high despite further Covid woes. 

Assessing the entries, David Domoney said: “It’s been wonderful to see streets and roads and communities festively lit to cheer us all up.

“Once again, the entries to Illumination Street have been truly inspiring, spreading Christmas cheer far and wide. Thanks to everyone who entered.”

Other winners included Jonathan Burge of Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, who bagged first place in the small outdoor display category; the residents of Lansdowne Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, for the best community display; and Donna Mitchell-Talbot in Wednesbury, West Midlands, who had the best front door display.

The judge’s choice special prize for a children’s display went to Charlie Cooke, 10, of Warrington, Cheshire, who created a grotto in his garden playhouse, which is guarded by a giant hand-painted gingerbread man.

  • Visit illuminationstreet.com for full list of this year’s winners

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