Kerry Driscoll, John McKechnie, Marion Steadman, Alec Bonser, Brendan Butler, Brian Nicolson and Bob Pearce are the category winners for the 2011 Joyce Mayne Christmas Spirit Competition.
Kerry Driscoll, John McKechnie, Marion Steadman, Alec Bonser, Brendan Butler, Brian Nicolson and Bob Pearce are the category winners for the 2011 Joyce Mayne Christmas Spirit Competition. Max Fleet

Winners light up the city

THE Pearce family of Oakwood were the big winners when the results of the Bundaberg Regional Council Christmas Spirit Competition were announced yesterday.

Their display of Christmas lights at their home on Rosedale Rd won them the prize for best overall residence, as well as best Christmas theme and best Christmas lights.

After the awards, Bob Pearce revealed the display took about a month to set up.

>> Download the Christmas Competition map here (pdf)

"We've been doing it for about 30 years, long before there was a competition," he said.

Mr Pearce said he spent a lot of time on the "fiddly" things, such as hiding the electrical wires.

One of this year's judges, council community and arts portfolio spokeswoman Judy Peters, said residents were keen to show the judges through their gardens and front yards, with always something to catch the eye.

Cr Peters said businesses also embraced the Christmas theme from traditional to colourful, fireplace to fashion.

Other winners were Harmony Lord, of Heritage Dr, Bargara, for best new entrant, the Fabric Palette, in Targo St, for best business, and Brian Nicolson, of Gunsynd Grove, Branyan, for energy efficiency.



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