Plug pulled on Xmas display

The full Christmas show including the Nativity scene at the entrance to the garage.
The full Christmas show including the Nativity scene at the entrance to the garage.

The bottom end of Paterson Street, Byron Bay just won't be the same this Christmas.

Maurie Dunn and Pearl Varcin have decided they won't be erecting their magnificent Christmas display, bringing to an end a tradition that started about 12 years ago.

All the decorations, including the manger - the focal point of the display and which fitted neatly in the garage entrance - and the illuminated nativity scene characters, have been sold.

Thousands of people have stopped outside the house over the years to gaze at the decorations and to photograph them.

It took Maurie a week to fully erect the display and that's partly the reason why he won't be doing it again.

"Pearl doesn't want me climbing ladders any more," said Maurie.

"It's getting a bit too much now."

Maurie said he would definitely miss the decorations not being up.

He said he had many wonderful memories of the joy the decorations had brought to people.

Maurie said the display was a good way of spreading the real message of Christmas and the joy of the festive season.

FOOTNOTE: The display won't be lost to the Bay. Eden at Byron nursery on Bangalow Road have taken the lot and will erect it for Christmas.

- Gary Chigwidden

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