Dundee man, 45, creates Christmas display in tribute to late wife as city folk put on festive show

John Burnett outside his home in Whitfield

Christmas always brings out the eccentric best in people — and Dundonians are no different.

Homeowners across the city have been spreading festive cheer with a display of dazzling decorations outside their homes.

Just as each elaborate effort is unique, so too are the reasons behind why people go to such lengths at this time of year.

For John Burnett, from Whitfield, the display has become a poignant tribute to his late wife Kelly, who died last year.

John, 45, said: “My wife loved Christmas. We had probably been putting decorations up for the last 10 years. It’s just something that you can do with the kids.

“When we moved into our semi, that was the first thing Kelly said — we’re getting the lights sorted.”

After her death, John said he struggled to put the lights up last year — but said that Kelly would be shouting at him to do so.

Someone else who has been putting lights up for the past 10 years is Lorraine Cumming, of Downfield.

Lorraine Cumming’s display in Lauderdale Place, Downfield

She said: “The lights have been getting bigger and bigger every year.

“I do it for my grandchildren and my children.

“All the kids round here love them as well. They keep coming past the house.

“I started putting the lights up in October.”

Neil Black, from Fintry, has been putting his lights up for the last four years.

Neil Black’s home in Fintry Drive

He said: “We just built them up. We got more and more every year.

“We did it originally for my kids and the rest of the children in the family.

“Kids in the area ask us to put them up.”

Gwen Henderson, who lives in Lamley Terrace, Arbroath, loves Christmas.

Gwen Henderson of Lamley Terrace, Arbroath with her Christmas lights display

She said: “The kids love it and I love it.

“It’s my favourite time of the year.

“My son and my son-in-law started putting the lights up and now the grandkids help.

“I’ve no idea how many lights we have — the garden is full.”

Debbie Wilkinson, 36, from Montrose, said: “I’m just a big kid when it comes to Christmas.

Debbie Wilkinson’s display in Montrose

“I love the fact the kids enjoy coming past my house and saying ‘wow’, and my four kids love it too.”

Leah O’Neill, Postbox Road, Birkhill
David Bennett, Charleston

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