Lights shine on in memory of man who made them
EVEN in his final stages of life, Golden Beach man Bill Claassen still thought about who would assemble his iconic light display if he could not.
For more than 10 years Mr Claassen spent up to three months preparing his display, checking each individual bulb to ensure his display was even better than the year before.
Now as he shines down on his beloved family and friends, his home shines bright back at him after his neighbours pitched in to ensure this years display still went ahead.
His daughter, Bronwyn Claassen said that while this years display wasn't as elaborate as what her father would have done she is sure he would be proud of what they have accomplished.
The display was well known in the Golden Beach area and was always on the bus route for any keen Christmas light admirers.
His wife, Gwen Claassen, said she was so thankful for the kind neighbours who came to help her family with this year's display.
"Last year when he put them up he knew he was getting a bit old for it and a couple of neighbours said they would help," she said.
"When he was diagnosed with cancer he was so worried about the lights.
"Eight of our neighbours came over to assemble the display and our son and daughter finished it off."
The display, complete with an "In Memory of Bill" sign will now continue to light up the streets of Golden Beach for another year, and it has inspired others in the area to also spread the cheer.
"I've noticed that more of the neighbours are putting up lights now," Mrs Claassen said.
To view the display, go to 8 Drake Street, Golden Beach.