House of festive cheer
EACH December, Bob Pearce transforms his average brick home into a technicoloured Christmas wonderland that Santa himself would be proud of.
It's not hard to see why judges of this year's Christmas Spirit lights and decorations competition awarded his family the award for best residence, as well as prizes for best theme and best lights.
Mr Pearce refuses to estimate exactly how many lights contribute to the Christmas display, but he reckons it's quite a few.
"It's hard to say," he said.
"We've been doing this over 30 years. It started with a Christmas tree in the window and it's grown into this."
Among other things, the Pearce residence features a 5m-high Christmas tree, capped with snow and covered in lights and baubles; a North Pole display complete with reindeer; a life-size Santa Claus and falling snow flakes, courtesy of a vacuum system and styrofoam balls.
Mr Pearce has also handcrafted a Christmas display complete with miniature priests and worshippers, with pews, an organ and an altar made from old railway sleepers.
His three grandchildren, Xander, Hermione and Maverick, greet visitors to the home with lolly-pops and sweets, dressed as Santa's helpers with elf ears, red and green costumes and curled pointed slippers.
Tonight will be the last chance the public has to see the Pearces' display, at 48 Rose dale Rd, Oakwood, weather permitting.