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Couple adorn home with Willy Wonka-themed Christmas lights

Michael and Paul Fenning have covered the outside of their Doncaster home in oompa loompas and golden tickets to bring ‘joy and cheer’.

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A couple in Yorkshire have covered the entire interior and exterior of their house in Willy Wonka themed-decorations to bring Christmas “joy and cheer” to local families.

Michael Fenning, 39, and Paul Fenning, 33, have covered the outside of their Doncaster home in oompa loompas, golden tickets, hundreds of blinking multi-coloured lights and one dashing Willy Wonka.

Michael, who works for a bakery, told the PA news agency: “We just love seeing kids’ faces light up when they see the house when they come around the corner.”

The couple began elaborately decorating their home during the first Covid lockdown, with their first house lighting project being the Grinch.

Michael Fenning puts the finish touches to his Wonka themed home in Doncaster (Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

“Crowds of people were coming around to see the house and see the lights and then literally it’s just been a thing that we’ve done every year since then.”

Since then, they have adorned their home for special holidays, including Frozen last Christmas.

(Left to right) Michael Fenning and Paul Fenning watch a advert for the Wonka movie in their Wonka themed home in Doncaster (Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

They chose Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as their theme this year as it is a movie “that is on every Christmas, so many families watch it, and then obviously the new one is coming out,” Michael said.

Michael said, because of the Instagram on which they share photos of their lighting displays, @cherrytree.home, “people…go ‘Oh my God, you’re the Christmas house, you guys are the Christmas guys!’”.

“When I was a kid back in the 90s, you weren’t able to get hold of the kind of lights and things that you can now but the houses that made an effort, you remember them, you really do remember them and that’s what me and Paul like to think.”

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Michael Fenning puts the finish touches to his Wonka-themed home (Danny Lawson/PA)

He said: “All we’ve done is literally reuse the things we have, except for a couple of cut outs and things that are Wonka-themed, just to do it again.”

“Because purse strings are tight and everyone hasn’t got the money to spend, it’s just great to see people come out and see something for free.”

The couple, who have been together for around 15 years and remarried in May after previously divorcing, place a bucket outside the house when they have decorated it to collect money for various charities.

Michael said: “People come to the house and do the giving so it’s all down to them.”

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An Oompa Loompa welcomes visitors (Danny Lawson/PA)

“It’s just great to see that we have that imprint or lasting effect on people’s lives, just being able to spread joy and cheer.”

Paul said: “With the last couple of years feeling slightly strange with Covid, it’s just nice to keep that Christmas magic alive”.

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