ARGUS gardening columnist Geoff Stonebanks is a Yuletide superfan.

His impressive collection of Christmas decorations, accumulated over 55 years, now attracts nationwide attention.

Geoff, from Seaford, has over 30 crates of festive baubles and trimmings, some dating back to the 1930s, but mainly from the 1960s and 1970s, that come down from the loft every year.

His festive ornaments and trees have been featured in the national press and last year Channel 5 made a programme called “Incredible Christmas Trees. How to decorate them” which has just aired again.

It included a segment, filmed with Geoff at home, on his amazing lounge tree which boasts 15 metres of tinsel, 1,700 fairy lights, over 800 baubles and ten metres of silver beading.

Geoff said “I always feel, when getting my garden ready to open every year, that I am dressing a film set for visitors to view and the same principle applies with my Christmas decorations. I’m a bit of a perfectionist.

“The artificial tree in the lounge takes ages to set up with all the branches having to be just right. Once assembled, there are three strings of lights and flashing sequences are then adjusted to give the perfect look.

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“Next, tinsel and silver beads are carefully positioned to create evenly balanced swirls all the way up the tree followed by the baubles and other decorations.”

Last year, Geoff was “live from home” on ITV’s This Morning with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, taking them on a whirlwind tour of his Christmas wonderland. This year, a glossy Sussex magazine’s December issue bills Geoff as “Sussex’s Mr Christmas” saying “Aglow in Seaford, is this Sussex’s most decorated house?”

This year sees 30 trees, in varying sizes, adorn Geoff’s home, starting from nine inches tall to several over 6ft.

A 6ft Nordmann Fir takes pride of place in the entrance hall, but Geoff’s favourite by far is the glorious tree in the bay window of the lounge, which looks magnificent at night with the dark background, flanked by two smaller trees on the window-ledge. It takes Geoff over a week to create his festive displays and about the same to take them all down again.

A clean start to the New Year is always a good thing and by New Year’s Day he’s had enough and ignores the 12th Night rule, beginning to put his treasures to bed again until next year.

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