AS drivers negotiate the bend of a windy lane in a remote rural area of Chithurst, they come across something quite spectacular.
They are greeted by thousands of twinkling lights, the loud deep laughter of Father Christmas, the sounds of bells and trains and the occasional braying of a donkey.
It is the annual Christmas lights display organised for the past 14 years by the Collins family at Hammerfield Farm.
Bob insists it is all the work of his wife, Margaret: “I just go up the ladders and do what I am told,” he said.
For several years Margaret was helped by her daughter Jayne and grand-daughter Emily, but now 19, Emily is currently studying to be a vet at Surrey University.
Five years ago the family donated all funds raised by visitors to their lights to buying a defibrillator for the area after Emily’s father Ashley, died suddenly in the remote rural area.
The family are still fundraising with donations to other charities as visitors flock from miles around to see the spectacular displays.
It now covers the farm entrance, follows a winding track and leads to the grand finale in a farm shed.
A new edition this year is Donkey Hote, brought home by Bob who met him on a farm and was unable to resist him.
The display is on 24 hours a day until January 6.
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