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The family of Paul Stewart is lighting up the house in his honour.

Paul who died back on October 7 was well known for his love of all things Christmas, and his decorations and displays of Christmas lights are legendary, say his family.

The family of the late Paul Stewart, switch on Christmas lights in his memory and to raise money for Overgate Hospice, Common Royd, Greetland Road, Barkisland

The family of the late Paul Stewart, switch on Christmas lights in his memory and to raise money for Overgate Hospice, Common Royd, Greetland Road, Barkisland

His wife Pat said he loved Christmas and would always decorate the house from top to bottom. “He loved the festivities, the celebration, the giving of presents and going to Christmas fairs beforehand. He loved surprises and enjoyed Christmas shopping, it was just the whole thing.

“He used to decorate the house in a very big way and everything on the Christmas tree was in it’s exact place. We actually used to have a game where we would move an ornament and when he came back he wouldn’t say anything and just put it back in its place.”

Paul died after a brave battle against lung cancer at the age of 64 at Overgate Hospice, Elland, back in October. And the family wanted to raise cash by doing a grand Christmas light switch on in his memory. “The hospice is tremendous in caring for the patients and the relative and they support you throughout,” said Pat. “We are just very grateful to them for everything.”

Family and friends gathered at the family home in Barkisland for the unveiling. “It was exciting and we are happy to carry on the tradition,” said Pat. There is a collection box at the house and people can still donate to the cause. “Just anything we can raise we are very grateful for,” she added.