It is the end of an era for Aberdeen grandfather Eddie Stevenson as he switches on his final annual Christmas lights after almost four decades.
For the last 36 years, Eddie Stevenson has created a huge festive display in his family’s front garden on Ashgrove Road West.
The 74-year-old has decided after this year he will be retiring from putting on the child-friendly display.
Eddie asks members of the public to make donations to charity and has raised more than £250,000 over the last three decades.
Donations reached £5,212 from last Christmas’ display with the money then divided between nine local charities – which focus on helping children with additional support needs.
The decorations include Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Minions, Postman Pat and a host of other Disney and fairytale characters.
Eddie said: “It takes a lot of work to install them and I’ve decided that this year will be the final year. I get help from other people and family members but we are all old age pensioners, so now is the time to stop.
“I’ll be sad to stop doing it as it has become a habit every year and I’ll be sad thinking about the charities that won’t receive money from the displays any more.
“I’ve added to the display year on year and the newest addition for this year is My Little Pony characters as they are very popular with the children.”
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Mr Stevenson worked full-time in the biomedical physics department at Foresterhill as an Aberdeen University employee for 44 years.
During his time there as a technician he worked on the first MRI scanner.
A keen artist during his school years, the characters were all designed in his garage on Ashgrove Road West. Originally two homes were decorated on the street with Eddie’s parents’ garden also housing some of the fairytale characters over the years.
He said he loved seeing the children visiting the display and that he didn’t have a favourite decoration.
Eddie added: “Getting the children here with their parents and donating to charity is what it is all about.”
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