2020 has been a tough one for many.
The coronavirus pandemic has separated many of us from our loved ones as we’ve spent most of the year at home.
So in a bid to spread some cheer ahead of the festive season, a couple decided to put up their Christmas lights early.
Ian Cochran has been illuminating his house in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, for around 35 years – but typically does this in December.
This year has been a lot different, so the 68-year-old decided to get his decorations up as soon as October 1 rolled around.
Neighbours and children living in the local area are delighted to get a dose of festive fun before winter hits.
Grandad-of-two Ian said: “We find it very gratifying seeing the reaction to people of all ages enjoying them.
“I thought about it early September knowing many people will be depressed with dark winter nights approaching and possibly no contact with anyone then, and nearer Christmas, with their families.
“It makes us feel happier knowing it’s brought some smiles during these troubled times.”
As the lights are costly to run, Ian hopes businesses will step in to sponsor the display.
This will allow the couple to keep the decorations up all the way through to Christmas.
Wife Helen, 68, said: “The lights have been going up for 35 years.
“We started in our last house, and then moved here.
“People are coming out to look at them.
“Somebody was dancing outside.
“”Ian put them out to cheer people up.”
Others cheered when they saw the illuminations, which are only turned on at weekends at the moment.
Helen added: “You should hear the kids screaming.
“One car was pulling up and as they pulled away, another was pulling up.
“It is a bit of cheer.”