Lights display back on track
ANGELA Clark and her helpful elves have been hurrying to get the Clark family's iconic exhibit ready to be plugged in and the house lit up in its traditional Christmas glow.
The main attraction of the show, the Fitz Puff Puff train was stolen earlier this year and the theft was a major setback for Mrs Clark.
"I wasn't going to do the display because so much depends on having the train running," Mrs Clark said.
Detectives were able to locate the train and return it to its rightful home in November, leaving Mrs Clark just a month to decorate the elaborate exhibition.
"I've probably been a bit over-ambitious given the late start in setting up," Mrs Clark said.
"But my elves... my friends... have come in to help me."
Mrs Clark first decorated her home with Christmas lights 17 years ago.
"I started small... I probably only had five sets of lights back then."
"I have absolutely no idea how many lights I have now... the time it would take to count them all would be incredible."
All funds raised by the Clark family are donated to the Children's Hospital at Westmead and they have been recognised as a major sponsor for their efforts.
"Christmas is a time for kids and family, and it's terrible to think that some kids will be spending their Christmas in hospital," Mrs Clark said.