Birthday gift to wife at Christmas shines on

Last updated 08:31 19/11/2013
Glastonbury Dr Xmas lights
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SHINE ON: Stan Callaghan's Glastonbury Dr home lit up for this first time last night ahead of Christmas.

Stan Callaghan
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DOING THE HONOURS: Mayor Lianne Dalziel officially hit the switch, pictured with Stan Callaghan.

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Christchurch man Stan Callaghan first set up Christmas lights on his Glastonbury Dr property for his wife's 70th birthday.

That was nine years ago and "it has just grown from there".

The couple's house and lawn are now "chocka" with lights and toys.

Callaghan, 80, flicked the switch last night in anticipation of the festive season.

He said there was a lot of work but people's reactions meant it was "worth every cent".

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