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Spectacular Dagenham Minions themed light display raises £7k for charity

PUBLISHED: 10:43 19 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:43 19 February 2016

Andy McNab created a Minions themed light display in Lowry Road, Dagenham

Andy McNab created a Minions themed light display in Lowry Road, Dagenham

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The man behind the biggest lights show in town has finally tallied up the donations – and announced his grand plans for this year.

Andy McNab with EastEnders actor Jamie Borthwick, who switched on the lightsAndy McNab with EastEnders actor Jamie Borthwick, who switched on the lights

Lord of the lights Andy McNab created a Minions-themed winter wonderland across six houses in Lowry Road, Dagenham, in December last year, raising £7,470 for charity in the process.

The money has been donated to the Children’s Burns Club – who were very happy to receive the funds.

“They couldn’t believe that much money had been raised by one person in so short a time,” Andy, 48, said.

“And I’m always happy to help them because in my line of work I deal with houses that have been burned.”

Andy was planning on keeping the Minions abuzz throughout January to raise money for flood victims in the North of England – but he ended up going up there himself instead.

“It was devastating,” he explained. “Some people had lost everything – it was like a bereavement for them.”

The granddad-of-six is committed to another festival of light next year – and already has a big idea up his sleeve.

“If it’s possible, I might do a 50 years of Disney show – with each house in the street having a different character,” he said.

“I was going to do Star Wars­ – but none of my grandkids really know about that and I have to do what they say.”

Andy said he wanted to thank everyone who came, his neighbours and his sponsors – Barclay’s (which gave £2,000), Travis Perkins, Woods Forever, Dan Tully, Jamie Joyce and Selco.


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