The hard work and planning which goes into Karl Beetson’s annual Christmas lights display will be shown on national television.
Every Christmas Karl, 22, lights up the front of his home in Torrington Road, Wellingborough, with an array of lights and visitors are invited to go along, have a look and donate money to charity.
Now Karl is set to feature on the Channel 4 show King of Christmas Lights. It will be broadcast at 9pm on Monday and follows Karl planning and creating this year’s display, which features a penguin, a reindeer, Father Christmas and a polar bear which lipsync and play musical instruments to songs.
Karl is hoping to raise £1,000 for his chosen charity, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
He said: “For the TV show they followed us putting the lights up back in October and they filmed the switch-on and all that. This year was the first public switch-on event we have done, between 80 and 100 people came. At the moment the total raised stands at £541.97. I would like to get to £1,000.”
To make his band of performing puppets Karl took the stuffing out of toys, built a skeleton inside each of them and programmed them so they moved and could sing and play along.
He said: “I’m pretty sure it’s the only thing like it in the UK in a private domestic display. I did a prototype in July and I started building them in August.
“I think this display is my best one yet. We have got to the point where there’s a really good display now.”
The display will open to the public every day from 4pm to 9.45pm until New Year’s Eve.