Newtown man lights up his garden for charity

A DAZZLING display of Christmas lights – which will put even the City of New York to shame – will be on show in a Newtownstewart man’s garden this Saturday.

Ivor Scanlon is all set to open up his spectacular Newtown garden to the public, where visitors can enjoy the vast array of festive lights of all shapes and sizes which will colourfully adorn his homestead and famous garden ornaments – including a seven-foot-tall elephant.



Indeed even a huge variety of topiary trees, a Japanese-style house, wishing well, a summer house and a 30-foot-wide patio complete with colosseum-style pillars will be decorated with blankets of twinkling bulbs – and all to raise money for two local charities.

Looking forward to welcoming new and familiar faces to his home, Ivor explained, “My gardens were decorated last year, but not to the extent of this year’s display.

“However, they drew lots of favourable comments, and donations were made and then passed to a Down’s Syndrome charity.

“This year, we have decided to upgrade the lights display, and all takings will be divided between a local cancer group and a local Down’s Syndrome charity.”

Such is the grandiosity of Ivor’s garden, it is frequently in demand by photographers for weddings and special occasions.

The garden boasts life-size animals, including rhino, wild boar and a family of deer, all of which have been surpassed by a giant elephant, which circulates water through its body, back into a pond with its trunk.

• Ivor Scanlon will open up his private garden this Saturday (November 30). His address is: 69 Old Castle Road, ‘Avery Lodge’, BT78 4HX. Mr Scanlon has advised caution to be taken on the narrow road which leads to his house. Parking will be available on-site, and everyone is welcome.


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