Thousands flock to see 35ft blow-up Grinch Christmas decoration

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5 Dec 2020, 1:57Updated: 5 Dec 2020, 23:25

A BUSINESSMAN and his family stand beside a 35ft blow-up Grinch which has attracted 5,000 visitors to their home.

Ray Liddell 49, ordered it online without noting its size and was stunned when he inflated it in Hartlepool, Co Durham.

Ray, Jenna, Jasmine and Olivia Liddell in front of the 35-foot tall inflatable Grinch outside their home in Hartlepool

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Ray, Jenna, Jasmine and Olivia Liddell in front of the 35-foot tall inflatable Grinch outside their home in HartlepoolCredit: Mercury Press

More than 5,000 strangers have flocked to see the huge inflatable Grinch decoration

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More than 5,000 strangers have flocked to see the huge inflatable Grinch decorationCredit: Mercury Press

He urged visitors to make charity donations which have so far topped £8,000.

Ray, who has two kids, said: "It's a total picture of positivity. People are coming from all over to have their photos taken.

"There was a queue on Sunday morning. I made sure everyone was socially distanced. I reckon we must have had over 5,000 people visit.

"It's been a real marvel so far.

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"I only ordered it for my daughter as she loves The Grinch. I was delighted with her reaction, let alone that of strangers.

"Jasmine was just screaming at it like crazy when it was all blown up.

"My kids love the decoration and also it is providing a great way to raise money for charity."

Ray Liddell wanted to surprise his Christmas-mad daughter

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Ray Liddell wanted to surprise his Christmas-mad daughterCredit: Mercury Press

Ray ordered it for approximately £500 online without noting its size

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Ray ordered it for approximately £500 online without noting its sizeCredit: Mercury Press

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