Lighting up for Christmas - after 62 years!

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A TREASURED family heirloom is celebrating its 62nd Christmas!

The little church, which lights up, now belongs to Patricia Cooper, of Gomersal, though it was bought by her late husband, Frank.

“As Christmas is approaching we see many people who have very old trees,” she said.

“But what I have is this little church which lights up and is musical. It plays Silent Night.

“Frank bought it for his mother, Edith Cooper, at Christmas, 1949, which now makes it 62-years-old. He was 15 at the time and had just left school and got it from money earned from his first job.

“He bought it for 17s 6d from Connie’s – Six Lane Ends Post office in Heckmondwike – paying 6d a week for it in a Christmas club

“The base is now a bit worse for wear but the music still plays and it still lights up.

“It passed on to us when his mother died. It’s very delicate and is held together with sticky tape!

“It has pride of place each year and I wouldn’t part with it. It’s a family heirloom.”