It wouldn’t be Christmas without Pat and Jeanette Kennedy’s home being lit up.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Pat and Jeanette Kennedy’s home being lit up. Graham Broadhead

Lights shine on Pat's place

IT WAS hot last week, but that didn't stop West Ballina's Pat Kennedy from getting up on his roof.

The 78-year-old put up with the sweltering conditions because Christmas is fast approaching.

Pat is once again lighting up his home at 3 Riverview Ave for the festive season.

He's been doing it for long enough now that the kids who once visited his home at Christmas are now bringing their own children.

And he keeps on doing it for the enjoyment he gets in seeing the smiles on the youngster's faces.

For a time earlier this year, he thought he wouldn't light up this year.

"But everyone kept telling me 'you've got to do it'," he said.

For many, it wouldn't seem like Christmas without a visit to Pat's home.

This year, he has 100,000 environmentally friendly LED lights in the display.

The light-up does affect his electricity bill, but the joy of Christmas outweighs the financial cost, he said.

It has taken six weeks to get the display ready.

The lights will be turned on on December 1, and the house will be lit up each night until the end of December. Pat dresses as Santa each night through to Christmas Eve.



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