By CRAIG McTEAR
CHRISTMAS just won't be the same for Christine and Bill Davis.
They take great pride in the Christmas decorations which adorn their front yard in Toormina each year, but their joy turned to despair when thieves paid them a visit on Friday night.
A fireworks Christmas pole, the centrepiece of their spectacular front yard display in Noomba Street, was spirited away while they slept.
The $500 beauty, the only one of its type to be sold in the Coffs Harbour area, was there at 9.30pm on Friday, but had gone by 5am on Saturday.
The intruders went to the trouble of unscrewing it from the board it was bolted to, and also took the transformer.
The sheer size of the decoration suggests more than one person would have been required to take it away.
"Bill was devastated. He puts a lot of hard work into putting up our Christmas decorations, and normally spends a week putting them in place," Christine said.
"Our grandchildren are devastated to think someone could be so mean.
"It takes Christmas away from us now, and we're reluctant to go to the trouble of making our yard look nice again just to have someone rob us.
"We've been putting up decorations for the past 15 years and this is the first time we've had anything major stolen."
The lighting feature has 22 illuminated rods extending from a central ball mounted on a three-metre pole. The rods light up in four alternating colours to create a light burst effect.
Christine and Bill are offering a reward for its return, no questions asked. They can be contacted on 0439 770 530.
You can also contact Sawtell police on 6653 1205 if you know anything about the theft.