Christmas Lights Competition overall winner Cliff Murray's display at Rosewood.
Christmas Lights Competition overall winner Cliff Murray's display at Rosewood. CONTRIBUTED

How Ipswich lit up for Christmas

THIS year's king of the Christmas lights gets a kick out of bringing a smile to the faces of people of all ages.

Cliff Murray (pictured) has been setting his homes up with lights and nativity scenes since he lived at Redbank Plains 21 years ago.

Having relocated to Rosewood five years ago, he's picked things up a few notches, and brought a few other residents from his quiet cul-de-sac along for the ride. Now a total of seven houses in Normanton Cl, Rosewood, are lit up for Christmas, but it was Mr Murray who took out the Overall Winner's prize in this year's River 949 Christmas Lights Competition.

"Why do I do it? The same reason everyone does it; to see the smiles on the kids' faces - big kids and small kids," Mr Murrary said.

 

Cliff Murray won the best overall display in the 2017 Christmas Lights competition.
Cliff Murray won the best overall display in the 2017 Christmas Lights competition. Andrew Korner

"There is a great Christmas spirit in our little cul-de-sac. Everybody gets involved setting it all up. We all help each other and that is something that is starting to go missing in society."

Mr Murray's display includes a nativity scene for the more traditionally minded, plus inflatables, a 4m-long Santa and reindeer, a dancing Santa and a sleight that children can have their photo taken in.

 

Best residential winner Barry and Julie Collins' entry at North Ipswich.
Best residential winner Barry and Julie Collins' entry at North Ipswich. CONTRIBUTED

"The way my wife and I have done it is so that there's something for everyone," Mr Murray said.

"One of my personal highlights was when this lady brought her car right up our driveway, apologised to us but then said she had a 103-year-old and a 91-year-old lady in the car that really wanted to see the nativity scene.

 

Diana Street at Springfield Lakes won the award for Best Street.
Diana Street at Springfield Lakes won the award for Best Street. Contributed

"We also had four or five buses from Cabanda aged care visit us this year.

"We'll start setting it all up the week after the Bathurst 1000 in October and from there it's a two-month process of swapping things in and out that we like.

"Every year we see more and more people and it is great for the town and for business because you'll get people coming in from Ipswich who spend money while they are here."

 

WINNERS

OVERALL WINNER:
Clifford Murray, 14 Normanton Cl, Rosewood

BEST RESIDENTIAL:

Winner: Barry and Julie Collins, 1 North St, North Ipswich

Runner-up: Jenny and John Power, 9 Gledhow St, Willowbank

BEST RURAL:

Winner: Clifford Murray, 14 Normanton Cl, Rosewood

Runner-Up: Kay and John Palmer, 10 Normanton Cl, Rosewood

BEST BUSINESS:

Winner: The Pavillion Hair.relax.rejuvinate, 1/8 John St, Rosewood (Tracy Coles)

Runner-Up: Ultimate Elegrance Events and Wedding Planner,

4 Banbury Cl, Bundamba

(Kathryn and Malcolm Geiss)

BEST STREET:

Winner: Diana St, Springfield Lakes - Contact: Dean

Workman

Runner-Up: Nova Crt, Flinders View - Contact: Graham Blair

BEST RECYCLED MATERIALS DISPLAY:

Winner: Jan Sheldrick, 25 Drysdale Ave, Collingwood Park

Runner-up: Kerry Edwards-Steenstra/Jackson Draper,

10 Clarice Ave, North Ipswich

Highly Recommended:

Brady and Rebecca Gray, 9 Blackwood Ave, North Ipswich

Steve Moran, 4 Inverness St, Flinders View

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD:

Best Residential: Brady and Rebecca Gray, 9 Blackwood Ave, North Ipswich

Best Business: Luke's Place, Alara Ipswich, 33 Salisbury Rd, Ipswich
 



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