Terry Ramplin

A famous Isle of Wight Christmas lights display will return tonight (Saturday) – and it is all in aid of charity.

Every year for the past 19 years Islander Terry Ramplin, and his wife Sue, have covered their Long Lane house in thousands of lights.

The couple says they have raised more than £30,000 across those years in aid of Island-based charities.


Last year money was raised for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, as well as Island charity Daisy Chain.

Terry says funds raised from this year’s event will again go towards the two organisations:

“For the past 19 years, I’ve tried to support everything on the Isle of Wight, the charities. So over the years, I’ve done it for the hospital and Help the Heroes. This year we’re doing it for the air ambulance and daisy chain because it is for everyone on the Isle of Wight.”

It takes around six weeks to put up the decorations in preparation for the annual big Christmas lights switch on, and this year the Island’s Wight Strollers will do the honours:

“Hopefully we’ll have the old mulled wine and sausage rolls. The Strollers will also be doing some activities… I think they’ve got a choir in the marquee. So hopefully it will be a very enjoyable evening.”

The switch on will take place at Terry’s house on Long Lane in Newport at 6pm tonight.

Take a sneak peek at what to expect, below:

1. Long Lane Christmas Lights

2. Long Lane Christmas Lights

3. Long Lane Christmas Lights

4. Long Lane Christmas Lights

5. Long Lane Christmas Lights