How you can make the Bay sparkle this Christmas

Man with Christmas tree

Steve Holdup - Credit: Submitted

Here's your chance to make Torbay Sparkle this Christmas.

The Torbay Weekly has teamed up with some special festive partners to launch a competition which will add a touch of colour across homes, businesses, hotels, bars and restaurants and other commercial premises this Yuletide - and raise money for Rowcroft Hospice at the same time.

Torbay Sparkles is asking home and business owners to  brighten up their homes and the Bay with Christmas decorations galore.

There will be different categories to enter and cups and certificates to be won which will all be presented at a special festive gathering at Torquay's Templestowe Hotel which is owned by competition sponsors Majestic Holidays and where holidaymakers are already lapping up the Christmas spirit.

Majestic Holidays owner Mark Wright said: "There will be a lovely Christmas feel and atmosphere."

The competition is being run in conjunction with the Torquay Town Centre Partnership, who are behind the town's Christmas illuminations, and the Sunrise Rotary and Tormohun Rotary clubs who make sure Santa is tucked up nicely in his Fleet Walk grotto and adhering to Covid safety guidelines.

Steve Holdup, of Torbay Display, and Mike 'Mr Carnival' Bailey are leading the competition with £5 and £10 entry fees (depending on your category) going straight to Rowcroft

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Steve says: "I have always loved the idea of celebrating Christmas and have a passion for this."

Once you've lit up your property, you can enter by filling out the form below, including a  cheque for the relevant entry fee and made out to Rowcroft Hospice and send it to Steve Holdup at Chapel Hill House, 5 Glencarnock Close, Torquay TQ1 4DQ, or to Mike Bailey, at 32 Shirburn Road, Torquay, TQ1 3JL. Or you can drop the entry off to the Torbay Weekly offices at Unit 6, Tor Hill House, Torquay, TQ2 5QW. The areas covered will be in TQ1 to TQ5 areas in Torbay .For any queries please contact Steve on 07979 533 845.

Mike said: "Sadly as there's no Torquay Christmas carnival, Steve and I come up with Torbay Sparkles. It has been limited to certain post codes as TQ post code goes miles. Your entry money will go to Rowcroft Hospice. Please make cheques out to Rowcroft Hospice. Please write your address on back of cheque. Have a great time putting your displays together and we look forward to your entries big and small. Winners will received prizes at the evening at the Templestowe Hotel who have sponsored the event along with Torbay Weekly."

So, get those lights up and your entries in as soon as possible so our special judging panel can get judging over the next few weeks and the presentation night and details can be confirmed.