Community rallies round vandalised Christmas display

The display in all its glory. Picture by Andy Cowan Photography
The display in all its glory. Picture by Andy Cowan Photography

A fund-raising drive set up after a well-known Christmas lights display in an Alnwick garden was vandalised has hit its £500 target in just nine hours.

As reported by the Gazette earlier today, vandals targeted the festive display at Column Cottage, at the junction of Bondgate Within and Prudhoe Street, opposite the war memorial, knocking items over, pulling plugs out of sockets and breaking a reindeer beyond repair.

Jane Gowland with the broken reindeer. Picture by Ben O'Connell

Jane Gowland with the broken reindeer. Picture by Ben O'Connell

Resident Jane Gowland, who creates the display each year, repaired the damage as best she could, telling the Gazette: "I did think about taking it all down, but then I decided that I didn't want the so-and-sos to win."

And as well as sparking anger on social media, with many people criticising those responsible, it inspired one woman, Caroline Curran, to try to help. She set up a Go Fund Me page - https://www.gofundme.com/yddh3mdt - to try to raise £500 to replace the broken Christmas lights, surpassing that total within nine hours, thanks to the generosity of 55 people.

The display in all its glory. Picture by Andy Cowan Photography

The display in all its glory. Picture by Andy Cowan Photography