Most people like a good display of festive lights at Christmas but these neighbours have really gone for it.

A string of lights adorn their homes in Willow Way, Hurstpierpoint, along with reindeers, Christmas trees and giant Santas. They decorated their houses, their caravans and even themselves as they dressed up in festive costumes.

The families have gone all out to help raise money for Caring For Children With Cancer (CLIC).

Hundreds turned out to celebrate the launch of the spectacular light show, with a rain-soaked barbecue raising £350.

Janet Triggs, of Willow Way, said: "We've been doing it for about seven or eight years. We look forward to it. We're a mad lot and we love Christmas.

"One of our neighbours' children has got leukaemia so we're doing it for her. She's only 18 months old.

"We are quite a close-knit community so we are just doing what we can to help."

The four families, the Triggs, the Williamsons, the Bateups and the Gillams, have become famous for their annual celebrations and hope to raise £700 this year for CLIC.

However, the electric parade is just part of the festivities the friends enjoy over the Christmas season, indoors and out.

Mrs Triggs, who has lived on the street for 17 years, added: "We go on holiday with the other three families and all sorts of things. We meet up every Friday and have games evenings. This is just an extension of that.

"We've got a hot tub so they often come round on Christmas Day and we all go in it, then often we'll have Christmas dinner together.

"I think we've got around 30 sets of lights in our house alone, so I haven't got a clue how many we have lit up between us.

"It is the kind of thing that brings the community together.

Everyone asks when we are going to put them up and then bring their kids round to see them."

CLIC is the country's leading cancer charity for children, offering support for youngsters affected by leukaemia and their families.