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Halloween-themed lights show to raise funds for charity

Halloween-themed lights show to raise funds for charity

by Danielle Thompson (October 2021)

A SPOOK-TACULAR lights show will be held in High Park, Southport, at Halloween to raise funds for an animal charity.

Held at 6pm on Saturday, October 30 and 5pm on Sunday, October 31, the Sidney Road Lights Halloween Show will be held thanks to sponsorship from Southport Funeral Care to fundraise for Freshfields Animal Rescue in Ince Blundell. The event is free to attend but donations will be welcomed on the night.

It is something of a family affair as creator Steve Henshall works all year round making new props and writing new sequences for both Halloween and Christmas events, and his wife, Jan, helps with the entertainment while son, Tim, assists with all the computer work.

Steve said: “The show features thousands of computer controlled leds which are all synchronised to spooky music displaying stunning patterns, photos, talking heads and video using a collection of bats, black cats and tombstones.

“The atmosphere is distinctly ghoulish thanks to smoke machines and our fire machine. To keep everyone warm, we’ll have hot dogs and hot chocolate plus tons of sweets - all these are handed out free of charge in return for a donation to Freshfields.

“Having reluctantly cancelled the show last year we have two years’ worth of new ideas and new props including a collection of spiders, a most peculiar cat and a smoking coffin lid!

“Back in 2019, we had such a busy night with approximately 500 visitors in two hours, so we have decided to run the show on both Saturday and Sunday. It’s free to attend with no booking needed.”

Ed Mawdsley, of Southport Funeral Care added: “We’ve known Steve for some time and admire his family in their fundraising for Freshfields through the lights. We are proud to sponsor the Sidney Road Lights Halloween Show.”

To find out more, search for ‘Sidney Road Lights’ on social media site Facebook or visit sidneyroadlights.co.uk

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