A COUPLE who spent £20,000 transforming their home into a festive Disneyland have been forced to turn off the lights after cops were called.
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A couple have spoken of their disappointment after cops told them to dismantle their festive wonderland
Dan Warr-Extance, 37, and Mark Extance-Warr, 27, transformed their Somerset home into a light show to raise cash for charity
But the pair, who have been married for six years, have now been told they have to shut down the display after calls to the police over social distancing.
The couple started creating the display in October.
But less than a fortnight before the big day, they’ve pulled the plug.
In a post on their Facebook page, Mark and Dan wrote: “We are sorry but we have had to turn the lights off, due to someone phoning the police about social distancing.
“We have also had a lot of people visiting from Tier 3 areas.
But this year, a call to cops over social distancing sparked a probe
And the couple, who began putting together the display in October, say they’ve had to turn the lights off
It comes less than a fortnight before Christmas
They say a ‘small number’ have ruined it for their other visitors
”The police have said we have manned the lights perfectly, but unfortunately a small amount have ruined it for everyone else.”
Avon and Somerset Police confirmed they were called about the display.
The pair have been decorating their home for years as a way of raising money for charity.
Funds raised this year will go to the NHS, the local air ambulance and several other causes.
They began the display after Dan was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2008, and have spent £20,000 on it over years.
Avon and Somerset Police confirmed they were contacted about the display
The men have been decorating their home for years as a way of raising money for charity
Over the years, they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of pounds
In total, they’ve raised around £40,000 for charities from people coming to see their home.
Before their visit from cops, Dan, who is self-employed in the management industry, said: “We both love Christmas.
“We started the village scene in August – the main build took eight weeks.
“We love anything theatrical. We’re involved in theatre and used to do the carnival.
Families flock to see the festive lights – although Dan said the attraction has been difficult to manage during the pandemic
The impressive scene looks like a festive Disneyland
The couple say their favourite bit is a window scene of Santa and the elves working
Dan and Mark completely transform their home
“Last year we raised just under £3,000, so it would be lovely to beat that.”
The scene has attracted visitors from all over – although Dan said that has been tough to manage during a pandemic.
He said: “With what’s happening lately we have had a lot of stress.”
We shared how a man spent £27k making his home into a Christmas wonderland.
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