It may be the season to be jolly, but electricity companies have failed to see the jolly side over Chris Borbal's festive decorations.
Borbal, who lives in Ashton-under-lyne near Manchester, has been adding to his Christmas lights display for the past twenty years, only ditching the broken ones. People now come from miles around to see the display, which has flashing garden ornaments, flashing wall ornaments, lights along every window frame, roof sill chimney and door frame. There is barely an inch of Borbal's garden or house that isn't glowing or flashing.
"I've come from Oldham," said one visitor, John Shepherd. "I was wondering what the glow was. As me name is Shepherd I thought it might be the second coming, so I'd better come and see, but it turns out that it's Borbal's decorations."
As well as a Shepherd, three professors from Durham University had driven all night to get to the strange glow in the sky, west of them.
Winnie Granger, Borbal's neighbour, is less than impressed with Borbal's display.
"I've complained to the council," said Granger. "Every time he turns the decorations on, the street lights dim, and me telly goes off. I've had to buy blackout curtains, or else I can't sleep!"
Mrs Granger need not worry for much longer, as all three major suppliers of electricity to Ashton have told Borbal that he can no longer run his festive display.
"When he switches them on," said Alex Trickery, spokesman for ScottishGen, "there's a massive surge on the power grid and we have to bring on line a spare generator. This runs all night thanks to Borbal's display. So either he pays for that, which will be about a grand an hour, or he switches off the lights."
For his part, Borbal is not amused at the negative reactions his festive display has generated.
"Where's their Christmas spirit?" he asked, unplugging a fifteen foot halogen bedecked Santa and reindeer pulled sleigh complete with laser show.