Brian and Shirley Nicolson won the most Energy Efficient category and came third for Best Residence in this year’s Christmas lights competition.
Brian and Shirley Nicolson won the most Energy Efficient category and came third for Best Residence in this year’s Christmas lights competition. RON BURGIN

Lighting up with Christmas cheer

BRIAN Nicolson, dual winner in this year’s Bundaberg Regional Council Christmas Spirit Competition, loves to see his imaginative display light up the lives of all those who see it.

“It just gives you so much joy — hearing people say ‘awesome’ when they see it, awesome’s the most popular one,” he said.

“You just feel so good in yourself.”

Mr Nicolson was among 11 other winners of the lights competition announced yesterday.

It is obvious Mr Nicolson, and his wife Shirley, really get into the Christmas spirit, after winning the Energy Efficient and third place in Best Residence categories of the competition.

And Mr Nicolson could not be any prouder, particularly since this is his fourth consecutive year in the competition and the best result so far.

Four years ago he said he received the encouragement award with “only 80 lights,” and has taken on board the advice of previous judges.

For example, after it was mentioned that cut-outs were notable, Mr Nicolson’s Branyan display now features 17.

Mr Nicolson also said LED lights were the key to his “energy efficiency” success.

“I stick to LED — they’re cheaper on electricity and the bulbs don’t blow as much,” he said.

The winners are...

Best Residence:

Joint 1st: Bronwyn Sutton 6 Waratah Drive, Avoca,/Cal and Beth Toft, corner Sinclair and Soblusky streets

3rd: Brian Nicolson, 57b Gunsynd Grove, Branyan

Best Business:

1st: Destiny Boutique, 23a Targo Street, Bundaberg

2nd: Shoreline Apartments, 104 Miller Street, Bargara

3rd: Upstairs Designers, 115 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg

Energy Efficiency:

1st: Brian Nicolson, 57b Gunsynd Grove, Branyan

Joint 2nd: Ian Kington 19 Glen Appin Dr, Avoca /Robert and Jan Pearce, 48 Searle Street Thabeban



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