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After engaging with a journalist about the decorations in 2016, I followed it up earlier in 2017.

Above is the image that appeared on page 17 of the Daily Mail on 23rd December 2017.

Below is a record of what happened, with the most recent first, working back to the first approach back at the beginning of December 2017 when a freelance journalist and photographer came to see the decorations throughout the house!

Finally, after many false starts, the feature appeared on page 17 of the Daily Mail on 23rd December.

There was also a new feature posted by the Mail online too. Click here to read. It was also posted as a story online with the Daily Mirror too.

On the 19th December a fabulous article was printed by the Daily Mail online, which you can read in full by clicking the image below. At the same time, other on line news sites posted similar features based on this.

On 19th December the garden website, Richard Jackson's Garden posted a news item about Christmas at Driftwood too. You can read it by clicking the image to the right.

Amazingly, on 18th December, another newspaper journalist contacted me and wanted to come and shoot the decorations. I agreed and a photographer came and spent an hour looking at the hall tree and a few other trees around it!

Tony Kershaw from the news agency SWNS came and took some images, two of my favourites are below.

On Sunday 17th December, a clip of the BBC SE filming session, from Friday 15th was also posted on the national BBC News website.
You can view the item by clicking the image below. At one point over the weekend, it was the 6th most watched item! It's since had over 3100 views on BBC Sussex's twitter feed too!

Here is a second short video posted by the BBC on twitter on the 17th December.

Seahaven Fm invited me to talk about the decorations on the local radio station on Saturday 16th December and you can hear the interview as soon as they have sent me a copy!

Below you can see the screenshots from the BBC SE Today broadcast on Friday 15th December, of the introduction on the programme and Geoff and Barbara being interviewed!

Below you can watch the piece as screened on BBC South East Today.

Reporter, Juliette Parkin, contacted me on the morning of the 15th and arranged to come with a cameraman to film a short report for the evening news!

Left, Juliette films the introduction, talking about the White House Christmas Tree, and on the right she can be seen interviewing my 90 year old mother, Barbara Stonebanks, with our dog Albert on her lap. Below is the tweet that BBC SE Today posted before the show.

The story soon moved on with BBC South East Today contacting me to ask if they could come and film the decorations for the local evening news! I explained they would have to wait until the national newspaper had shot their tableau. I contacted them at the end of the week and they arranged to come and shoot the decorations on Friday 15th December!

In the meantime, BBC Sussex Breakfast Show had got wind of the decorations and contacted me to talk to Neil Pringle on the Breakfast Show on Monday 11th December. They posted the pictures on the left on their facebook page after the interview which you can listen to by clicking here.

On 12th December 2017 the photographer returned to take the images of the tableau of 24 trees, my image of them is above.

Rosie Taylor sent off the images and words to the newspaper, who fell in love with the story BUT said they would like to see all the Christmas Trees as a tableau in one room. I was asked to relocate them all but said it was too much of a job. However, the paper agreed to pay me a three figure sum to do it, so I agreed. You can see 3 pictures below of setting the trees up in the lounge. I had to take all the decorations off the tree in the dining room and set up again in the lounge as well as to remove all the fragile, vintage, glass balls from the tree in the hall and drag it into the lounge bay window!

On Friday 8th December 2017, a freelance journalist, Rosie Taylor and a photographer came to see the Christmas decorations, with a view to get an article in a national daily newspaper. You can see them working in the lounge and dining room in these images.