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Christians undeterred by nativity scene vandals

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JOSEPH was snapped in two and baby Jesus was thrown out of his manger just over a week after a nativity scene was installed in Market Square.

Roy Sarre, left, and Tony Falla, two of the men behind the Nativity scene which has been vandalised have not been deterred and will be repairing it. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 20131905)

The display was the idea of Roy Sarre, who worked with fellow Christians John Henry and Tony Falla to bring it to life.

Mr Sarre said he was keen to reintroduce nativity scenes into Town. So, on 1 December, with permission from Bailiwick Estates, they installed Mary, Joseph, a shepherd, a wise man and a manger next to the Galp bronze donkey in Market Square.

But over the weekend the broomstick that formed the main part of Joseph was snapped, along with his wooden staff, and baby Jesus was torn from where he was secured with cable ties in the manger.

Tony Falla was removing the broken pieces yesterday and hoped to fix them overnight.

‘It is disappointing, but we were half expecting it,’ he said.

Despite the setback, Mr Sarre said they were keeping the nativity up for the rest of this festive season and they planned to bring it back next year.

Full story in today's Guernsey Press

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