GALLERY: Christmas has arrived... At the Summer House!

Sedgley's famous pub, The Summer House, in Gospel End Road has opened its annual Christmas lights display.

Festive songs are already playing and hundreds of lights have been switched on at a pub which always makes sure Christmas is extra magical. The Summer House, in Gospel End Road, Sedgley, has opened its annual Christmas lights display.

And landlord John Coombs said it was the biggest yet, as more than 600 people flocked to the switch-on. 

This year the display has been computerised to give it a fresh twist.

Around £1,800 has been spent on buying a customised computer system to link all the main lit-up figures. It has been installed using more than 1,600ft of cable to synchronise the display which adorns the front of the pub.

Nine flashing snowmen have been put on the pub roof, glowing with ever-changing lights. A winter wonderland with around a dozen real Christmas trees positioned outside and festive penguins has been set up for youngsters to explore.

The display boasts more than 25,000 bulbs but many have been replaced with energy-efficient LED lights.

Mr Coombs, aged 59, rallies the support of his family including his brother James who scaled the pub roof to hang lights up and his computer-whizz son Chris who set up the system over the last six weeks.

Sculpted archways with shimmering lights and a giant tree with 6,000 LED lights welcome people inside the pub. The display launched on Sunday and will be on every night through the festive season. 

Money will be raised for Compton Hospice, which has already benefited to the tune of £16,000 since the display started 13 years ago. “We raised £500 for charity on the opening night, which is great, and we are really looking forward to the rest of the festive season now,” Mr Coombs added.

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