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The Light Ranger: Mark Sanders is spreading Christmas joy in his Ford pick-up decorated with 6,000 twinkling lights

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There's a joy in seeing Christmas lights – and when Mark Sanders drives by, people have 6,000 to choose from.

Mark's Ford Ranger pick-up is festooned with the coloured lights and he loves to cruise around the streets of the town and see the response to his 'Lightmobile'.

"It's great fun," said Mark, of Coronation Road, Bishop's Stortford. "You get a lovely feeling seeing people's reactions – it just brightens up their day and people turn around with a big grin on their faces."

The 62-year-old mechanical design engineer's festive festoonery has won him a certain celebrity in these parts as last Friday (Dec 3) he was invited to attend the Christmas lights switch-ons in Stansted and Birchanger.

It took him at least a couple of days to affix the three sets of 2,000 lights to the Ranger, using strong tape.

He fuels the £200 light show – which is in fact only 5,999 bulbs, as one was faulty – through the car's battery, backed up by a spare on the passenger seat and another in the back when the car is stationary.

'The Light Ranger' Mark Sanders' Ford pick-up outshining the Christmas tree in Market Square
'The Light Ranger' Mark Sanders' Ford pick-up outshining the Christmas tree in Market Square

You could say Mark is used to reaching for the stars as his day job sees him working on space vehicles at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. Among the projects he has worked on is the Mars Rover.

He is also used to the attention when he drives into town as when he isn't dazzling folk with his festive Ford he is pootling around in a rusty 1952 vintage Massey Ferguson tractor.

He often swaps four wheels for two when he rides his Honda motorbike and competes in the Enduro over-60s championships, this year finishing second.

Fans of Mark's mobile light show have been commenting on Facebook, calling him a "legend spreading smiles" and "a gem of a person".

Some have even threatened to follow his example. Laura Lorraine McGrath said: "The kids want [to] turn their dad's truck into a sleigh without him knowing."

Mark and his festive Lightmobile will be parked up by the splash pool on Thursday (Dec 23) from 4.30pm to 5pm.

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