The police were called (obviously), and initially McGawley refused to come out of his Blackpool home... Because he didn’t have any clothes on. Later, he met them face-to-face.
The police instructed him to take the sign down, but he insisted that it was “festive” and that it was “too late” to take them down.
In a video of the incident, the police can be heard saying:
You can either take it down or you can be charged with a public order offence.
He refused, and the police arrested him.
At the time, Lancashire police spokesman told Metro:
On Monday, December 19, officers attended an address on Rodwell Walk following a number of complaints in relation to fairy lights on the outside of the house. Despite attempts to engage with the occupant the lights were not taken down and a 43-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and issued with a penalty notice for disorder.
McGawley was released, and he replaced the sign with an apology.
We can only imagine what he did to cheer us up this year…
A previous version of this article was originally published in December 2016