Man of light kept busy

Les Pike, a former City of Bunbury councillor, will put up Christmas lights around his retiement village. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d410618
Les Pike, a former City of Bunbury councillor, will put up Christmas lights around his retiement village. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d410618

On the night of December 23, the 85-year-old former Bunbury councillor and 2000 Senior Citizen of the Year, will ignite more than 250 self-made lanterns around his retirement village.

He said he hoped to bring a bit of excitement to his elderly neighbours at Menora Gardens aged care facility.

‘The first year I was here, I just put the lights around my house and then last year they got me to do the whole street and now this year they want me to do the whole complex,’ Mr Pike said.

‘It is a chance to get a bit of life into the place. In Bunbury, we did it for many years across three nights and it was so popular that half the South-West would come to see it.’

He said the idea for the lanterns came from a friend who saw them while holidaying in Spain.

They comprise sand and candles inside plastic milk containers.

Mr Pike and his wife moved to Menora two years ago to be close to their three children who live in Mt Lawley.

He said he liked the suburb because of its central location.

The lanterns will glow from 7.30 to 9.30pm and the public are welcome to visit the complex for a look.