It is a little bit of Christmas magic that has been lighting up lives in Byron for the last 24 years. Terry and Gerry Bertoli started putting up Chrismas lights in their yard for the pleasure it gives to young and old, local and visitor alike who enjoy a bit of Christmas cheer, but they have decided that this is their last year.
‘We stated putting up a few light 24 yrs ago and then just got bigger and bigger,’ said Gerry.
Without much around in Byron Bay town to celebrate the spirit of Christmas they decided that a little bit of Christmas cheer would go a long way and have taken great pleasure and pride in putting up the lights each year and welcoming people to their home.
‘There are so many wonderful experiences we have had,’ continued Gerry.
‘But to see children’s faces light up and get excited to see the lights and our fairy land area – they come and thank us and make us cards decorations to hang on our trees. Seeing the elderly remembering their days with there families and to welcome so many overseas visitors who are here with no family to celebrate with there have been so many wonderful experiences and we have also loved doing it for our own family.’
Over the years people keep asking if they could give a donation to the couple for making such a special effort and making Christmas special for their children so in 2009 Gerry and Terry decided to put out a donation box to collect funds for local charities.
Over the last eight years they estimate that they have collected around $14,000 for the Byron Bay Hospital Auxillary and Suffolk Park Rural fire brigade.
A special finale
Celebrating all their hard work Byron Bay’s Hawaiian hula troupe Mana Aloha ‘will be paying cross-cultural tribute to the final fabulous light show,’ said Lilith Rochas, founder and teacher of Mana Aloha.
‘We’ll be there with some hip-swinging tropical Xmas moves at the Bertoli’s wonderland installation then it is onto Margaret and Ray Costigan’s equally splendid yuletide fantasia at 19–21 Old Bangalow road.’
So if you haven’t been down to enjoy the light show yet head down to 20 Teak Circuit, Baywood Chase, Suffolk Park on Wednesday, December 13 at 8pm for this extra special show.
Terry and Gerry’s lights will be up and shinning each evening from now until January 1.