A grieving son has paid the ultimate festive tribute to his Christmas-mad dad who died of a heart attack – by putting up a display of 20,000 fairy lights.
Shaun Pickering, 24, was devastated when his dad John died suddenly in July aged just 59.
To honour John, who loved Christmas, Shaun spent two months decking out his dad’s home in Telford, Shrops., with thousands of lights and decorations.
The housing trust worker even painstakingly recreated the iconic Coca-Cola truck which sits pride of place in John’s front garden.
Shuan hopes to raise thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation by switching the lights on each evening for people to enjoy in the run-up to Christmas.
Single Shaun, who doesn’t have any children, said: “We’ve literally gone all out this year.
“We wanted to do something in dad’s memory.
“He would’ve have absolutely loved it.
“There’s 12,000 lights on the house alone and probably 20,000 altogether.
“My dad absolutely loved Christmas because it allowed all of us to get together.
“He always wanted to make it as Christmassy as possible for his first grandson and make him believe in Christmas.
“When we turned the lights on we all ended up getting emotional about it because dad should’ve been there.
“We’ve put up lights there since dad moved in four years ago.”
Dad-of-three John leaves behind Shaun, daughter Louise, 29, and son Ryan, 23.
Shaun added: “We lost our dad suddenly, it was unexpected and it has left a big hole.
“It costs me £2 a night in electricity to run the lights and I forked out about £500 on lights and materials for the truck, which I built from the top of a normal car trailer.
“People say that once the Coca-Cola truck comes on the TV it’s the start of Christmas.
“It’s Christmassy for the little children as well.
“Some people said on social media I should’ve given the money I spent to charity but then there’d be nothing to see.
“The truck will last for years.
“My neighbours absolutely love it.
“Hopefully people will donate money so we can raise thousands for charity.”