Geoff Le Gallez was entered by his daughter into St Peter Port parish’s competition which encouraged residents to share how they were celebrating and decorating their homes to mark the island’s 76th anniversary of freedom.
While the Red Lion and Les Roquettes had impressive displays, Constable Zoe Lihou said Mr Le Gallez’s display, with props and flags, was by far an obvious and worthy winner.
‘[The competition] was a nice way for the constables to acknowledge an extra special contribution to GY1,’ Mrs Lihou said.
Mr Le Gallez put up numerous lengths of Union Jack and St George bunting at his home, but also decorated three mannequins to encourage islanders to think about different parts of Liberation.
‘The nurse was particularly well-received, I think because it was a nod to the situation we’re in today with Covid,’ he said.
‘I dress my house up like this every year, I’ve scooped up loads of stories from my family about the war so I’m really passionate about that era.’
He had lots of compliments about the display and so many people asking to take pictures of it that he would leave a sign outside when he was out letting people know it was OK to take pictures of the house.
With plans already in motion for how he is going to up his game next year, Mr Le Gallez said people will have to walk or drive along Ville au Roi next Liberation Day to see it.
n Covid has meant the parish could not hold its annual Liberation tea party for pensioners of the parish for the last two years.
The douzaine is keen to hear ideas from the ratepayers as to what sort of event they would like their parish pounds spent on for a proper parish celebration, such as a Christmas event later in the year.