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The winner and runner-up of Basildon Council’s Christmas Lights competition have been revealed after the Mayor of Basildon visited the two properties to present the winners with their prize.
The council launched the Christmas Lights competition on Facebook earlier this month in partnership with Swan Housing and Morgan Sindall, to bring some Christmas cheer to the borough.
Basildon residents were invited to show off their outdoor Christmas home decorations, by sharing photos of them on the vouncil’s Facebook competition posts.
The first prize went to Kim and Leighton Rutt. Leighton said: “It’s absolutely brilliant that we have won, I love playing with electronics, and everybody needs a bit of cheer because of what’s been going on.”
Louisa Whitt, who won the second prize, added: “I was so shocked, I never win anything.”
Mayor of Basildon, Councillor David Burton-Sampson, added: “Thank you to everyone who entered their homes in this competition, it really was a joy looking through all the entrants and seeing how brilliantly decorated so many homes across the borough are this Christmas.
“This has been a great competition to try and lift our residents’ spirit on what we know will be a different Christmas for us all this year.”
The first prize winner won a £150 shopping voucher and the runner-up received a hamper featuring Marks and Spencer’s festive treats.