A CRAFTSMAN from Taunton is putting the finishing touches to a Christmas display to light up his garden.

Philip Sutherland's creations have brought festive cheer to his neighbours and passers by in Thames Drive over the past three years.

And this year he's going even bigger and better with a five-metre wide Polar Express-themed display with a two-and-a-half metre high front of the train.

Philip will place a collection box in his garden to raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice, which has helped his mother, who has survived brain tumours and five strokes.

He said: "She is still managing to push through, continue with her life and not giving up. She is an inspiration to others."

Back in 2020, Philip spent three months cutting numerous pieces of wire by hand to make a five-foot high reindeer out of coat hangers.

"I have always been an artistic person and wanted to spread the joy and put a smile on people’s faces," he added.

"Although it took many weeks to make, the excitement of Christmas and finishing my display exceeded all that hard work I had put in."

The positive feedback he received spurred him on to create a full size Santa along with a rotating Marry Christmas sign.

Following his wedding last year, Philip took inspiration from his favourite actor Jim Carrey to make a display featuring the dog Max pulling the Grinch up a cliff edge.

He used several pallets he collected from work to build a foundation and glued 2,000 LED lights underneath to light up the cliff.

Philip hopes to have completed his display by Friday, December 1.