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IT'S SLOW GLOWING; Festive street hit by nightly traffic jams.

Byline: By RICHARD SMITH

A QUIET cul-de-sac is the scene of chaotic traffic jams every night as hundreds queue in cars to see the residents' Christmas lights.

Most of the 49 houses are covered with over-the-top flashing decorations. Giant snowmen grin on lawns while sparkling Santas clamber on rooftops.

Now locals have put out traffic cones to control access. Resident Rob Crowe, 66, said: "Most nights you can't move for cars queuing to have a look.

"We've had to put out notices and cones so people can turn around at the end of the cul-de-sac."

He added: "Surprisingly it never seems to affect our electricity bills as the bulbs are all so small."

Police said if jams continued at the street, in Poole, Dorset, they would take enforcement action.

LIGHT FACT

The first electrically lit Christmas tree appeared on December 22, 1882, when an associate of inventor Thomas Edison, Edward H. Johnson, had 80 red, white and blue bulbs hung at his home in New York

richard.smith@mirror.co.uk

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Date:Dec 24, 2007
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