‘Moss Vegas’ lit up to help charity

‘MOSS VEGAS’: From left, Jack and Lillian Chamberlain, chair of Jigsaw, the charity which helps Bolton stroke victims, and Joe and Pat Turner in front of the Christmas lights at Mossfield Court, Halliwell

‘MOSS VEGAS’: From left, Jack and Lillian Chamberlain, chair of Jigsaw, the charity which helps Bolton stroke victims, and Joe and Pat Turner in front of the Christmas lights at Mossfield Court, Halliwell

First published in Christmas

FESTIVE residents have transformed their estate into a magical Christmas wonderland.

In line with what has become a local tradition, Mossfield Court in Halliwell has become Moss Vegas, so called because of the dazzling Christmas lights which add a special sparkle to the area.

Every year, the residents use the season of goodwill and the draw of their lights to raise money for charity.

This year all money collected will go to Jigsaw, Bolton Stroke Club, for people who have had a stroke.

Resident Jenny Wroth, aged 30, said: “It has taken two weeks to decorate the street and lights are still being put up. It looks lovely.

“The children love it and so do the adults. We are hoping people will travel to see the lights like they do every year.”

Neighbour Pat Turner, aged 70, who had a stroke three years ago, said: “Jigsaw helped me enormously and I am now a member of the committee. When I had my stroke I lost my confidence, feeling anxiety, and they give you all the support you need. The people are lovely and organise trips out.”

The tradition of decorating the street started around 10 years ago when George Pardon-Bell decorated his home.

Mr Pardon-Bell died in 2004, but his neighbours continued decorating their homes to raise money for charity. Residents have even won a national award for the most festive street in Britain.

And Bolton comedian Peter Kay used “Moss Vegas” as the backdrop for his charity single Once Upon Christmas Song last year.

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