A MAGICAL winter wonderland has been created once again as snowmen, reindeer, penguins, polar bears and Father Christmas have returned to a Winsford garden.

Grandad David Robinson has been creating a magnificent Christmas display outside his home on Station Road for more than 30 years.

The 71-year-old has raised more than £10,000 for various charities including St Luke's Hospice, prostate cancer, guide dogs and the Salvation Army.

Last year, he donated a record £1,700 to St Luke's and has pledged to continue supporting people living with cancer.

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David Robinson in his festive garden with grandsons Matthew Banks, 12, Jayden Robinson-Cousins, eight and Jake Robinson-Cousins, seven

The lights will be switched on this year at 6pm on Friday, November 29 and they will be kept on every day from 4.30pm to 9pm over the festive season.

David is grateful for all the support he receives from local businesses and is still appealing for raffle and tombola prizes.

"I want to thank all the shops and businesses who donate prizes," he said. "Without them we wouldn't have made as much money."

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Setting up the illuminated life-size festive figures is a labour of love. One tree alone has 2,800 bulbs!

"I've been on it now for five weeks," said David, whose brother-in-law Melvyn Hulse helps with the painstaking installation. "We have to check all the lights. It is a lot of hard work but I enjoy doing it.

"Children absolutely love it."

Projector screens bring the much-loved adventures of The Snowman back to life and Father Christmas can be seen waving from a bedroom window.

David started his marathon grotto when his own children were young.

His daughter Stephanie, 42 and son Craig, 39, now enjoy the display with his wife Pat and four grandchildren.

A new attraction this year will create an even more life like scene as snow will be falling!

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"I've spent £300 of my own money on a snow machine," said David, now retired from his job at an insulation company. "St Luke's has helped a lot of our friends and relations and means a lot to people in our community. It would be mega if we can top last year's figure."

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Rachel Hughes, St Luke's Hospice community partnerships fundraiser, said: "Over the years David has provided continued support for St Luke's Hospice and we are extremely grateful for the generosity he and his family have shown.

"David continues to receive immense support from the local community and businesses.

"We appreciate all of his efforts towards supporting patient care here at St Luke's."

Any shops and businesses wishing to donate raffle prizes can email David's daughter Stephbanks at Steph.banks@me.com.