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article imageEnglish pub spends £1000 a week on power for Christmas lights

By James Walker     Dec 22, 2014 in Lifestyle
At this festive time of the year, sparkling lights adorn many neighborhoods across the globe. A standard display doesn't cost a lot to run across the season but one village pub in England is spending £1000 ($1700) a week on power to keep its array alight
Mark and Samantha Thomas of the Hanging Gate in Chapel-en-le-Frith, England, have been decorating every visible inch of their pub for over a decade. They expand the collection every year and it now contains over 6,000 individual glass ornaments. About 40,000 staples suspend the decorations from every visible area of wall and ceiling.
Everything is swathed in snow-esque batting. Candy canes adorn the surfaces while stuffed polar bears, penguins and snowmen stand sentinel to the various room entrances. NBC News describe the entrance to the bathroom as a "magical forest." Your path is guided by flashing lights and surrounded by stapled holly and spruce boughs. This is typical of any passage in the pub at this time of the year, when the sole focus is on giving customers the best experience of Christmas possible.
The Hanging Gate s Christmas display
The Hanging Gate's Christmas display
NBC News
The over the top display is predictably very popular. Some families book tables a full year in advance, always reserving the same table at the same time for the magical day. Waitress Lisa Pearson says that it can be a challenge to work in, however. Some of her taller co-workers get tangled up in the overhead wires as they deliver food, or bang their heads on the various ornaments.
One of the most notable aspects of the building are the lights twinkling from everywhere. The £1000 ($1700) a week bill arises due to the sheer number of bulbs: 35,000 lights are lit permanently during opening hours, bringing the scene to life. Thomas estimates that they have spent over £25,000 ($40,000) on decorations too, making this one of the most elaborate festive displays in the country.
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