Householders light on for festive spirit

EXCLUSIVE:

A Hobart radio station is the target of abuse from householders who claim the station’s Christmas lights competition this year has been a waste of their time.

The traditional Christmas lights competition organised by station 7BS is a fixture on the festive calendar and attracts hundreds of entries across the city. And each year the station engages a celebrity judge to pick the best lighting display.

This year 7BS asked former Australian Greens leader, Dr Bob Brown, to judge the finalists. Dr Brown chose an entry by Doris Spindle, 87, from the outer Hobart suburb of Claremont.

A photo taken last night by The Bug shows Mr Spindle’s house (arrowed in picture) and her display featuring a single solar-powered light in the front yard of her house.

xmas streetMrs Spindle told The Bug she was pleased to be named the overall winner for 2018.

“I am pleased to have won even though there’s no prize money or anything. It just feels so good because I’ve never won anything like this before in my life.

“I’ve lived here in Bland Street for 66 years. My late husband and I moved here just after we were married.

“The street has changed over the years and now there are younger people who have moved in they all seem to want things to be bigger and better and the Christmas lights are no exception.

“I can’t afford a big display but I wanted to participate so I bought a solar lawn light for a few dollars (pictured). It’s all I could afford, being on the pension and still paying off my late husband’s medical bills, and funeral,” she said.

solar-lightsA neighbour of Mrs Spindle and disgruntled entrant in the competition told The Bug: “We spent a fortune this year on our front yard display, just as we did last year, and the year before that and now they get some loony lefty greenie to judge it and of course no guesses for who they pick. It’s just not right.

“I hate people like [Mrs Spindle] who don’t share the spirit of the season and I hate 7BS for rewarding miserable old people like her.

“What’s the spirit of Christmas worth if you can’t pack your front yard and roof with gaudy, flashing lights, and huge inflatable cartoon characters, all at great expense I might add.

“I’ve rung the radio station and given them a piece of my mind. A single light in the night hardly evokes the Christmas spirit.

“When we first switched on our lights the other night, our local hospital blacked out and had to switch to back-up generators. My Ern winked at me and said; Well, that’s never happened before!”

A spokesperson for Dr Brown said his choice of winner was final and he would not be making any further comment.

A representative of 7BS said the station would not comment other than to say Mrs Spindle had won “fair and square”.