A quarter of tradespeople who participated in a recent survey said they had been called out to work on Christmas day.

Online supplier IronmongeryDirect polled more than 1,000 builders, joiners, shop fitters and more. Almost half said they had come to the rescue of customers who needed help fixing their Christmas decorations and lights, and more than a third said they will be working on Christmas Eve.

Managing Director Wayne Lysaght-Mason said: “This research has really highlighted the lengths tradespeople are willing to go to make sure their customers can have a great festive season.

“Tradespeople work hard all year round but it’s important to recognise them even more at this time of year.”