Guess who our family is supporting in the World Cup...

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A FAMILY are celebrating the World Cup by decorating their entire house with England flags.

The Gibbs family, from Jotmans Lane, Benfleet, are showing their support for the country by covering their semidetached house – including all the windows – with England flags.

Daniel Gibbs, 44, started off the trendmore than a decade ago.

His wife, Catherine, 42, said she believes their house is one of the most extravagantly decorated in Castle Point.

She said: “It’s my husband’s way of showing his patriotism.

“We do it every tournament, for the European Championship and the World Cup. The first time we did it was for Daniel’s 30th birthday, as it always ties in with the competition.

“Since then, the flags have just been building up – there are more and more every time.”

Mrs Gibbs said the house has attracted a lot of attention over the past couple of weeks.

She added: “We have had lots of people stopping outside just to have a look. It’s brilliant.

“Obviously, we can’t see who’s stopping all the time, because our windows are covered, but it has gathered attention.”

The family also put on a colourful Christmas display every year.

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1:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Nebs says...

Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.
Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham. Nebs
  • Score: 22

1:24pm Thu 19 Jun 14

John Right says...

Show a low IQ, as it's so moronic.
Show a low IQ, as it's so moronic. John Right
  • Score: -14

2:13pm Thu 19 Jun 14

DAGASMAN says...

Careful, you'll have the lefties accusing you of being racist
Careful, you'll have the lefties accusing you of being racist DAGASMAN
  • Score: 11

2:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

such a visceral display, reminiscient of the crusades, is sure to cause offence..........
such a visceral display, reminiscient of the crusades, is sure to cause offence.......... pembury53
  • Score: -13

2:23pm Thu 19 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

Before I finished reading I will going to comment - I bet they are the type to put up loads of lights every Christmas.

I like it anyway.
Before I finished reading I will going to comment - I bet they are the type to put up loads of lights every Christmas. I like it anyway. supermadmax
  • Score: 3

2:41pm Thu 19 Jun 14

lucy10 says...

don't know tell me please
don't know tell me please lucy10
  • Score: 1

3:01pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Robin Reliant says...

Not so many Flags and things out this time around i have noticed.
Not so many Flags and things out this time around i have noticed. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 5

3:40pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Leighdweller says...

I love this:

"She added: “We have had lots of people stopping outside just to have a look. It’s brilliant. Obviously, we can’t see who’s stopping all the time, because our windows are covered, but it has gathered attention.”

Comedy gold. Brilliant. Well done Mrs Gibbs
I love this: "She added: “We have had lots of people stopping outside just to have a look. It’s brilliant. Obviously, we can’t see who’s stopping all the time, because our windows are covered, but it has gathered attention.” Comedy gold. Brilliant. Well done Mrs Gibbs Leighdweller
  • Score: 6

4:06pm Thu 19 Jun 14

maddriver says...

Nebs wrote:
Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.
You mean the ear biting, eye gouging, false blood splashing World Cup? The one which is played by thugs from posh homes?
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.[/p][/quote]You mean the ear biting, eye gouging, false blood splashing World Cup? The one which is played by thugs from posh homes? maddriver
  • Score: -14

4:30pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

So vulgar.
So vulgar. Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -4

4:36pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Well at least its a pretend house, converted bungalow and a semi at that.
Wouldn't want to be living next to that monstrosity looks like something from some council estate, brings the area down.
Well at least its a pretend house, converted bungalow and a semi at that. Wouldn't want to be living next to that monstrosity looks like something from some council estate, brings the area down. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -9

4:39pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

maddriver wrote:
Nebs wrote:
Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.
You mean the ear biting, eye gouging, false blood splashing World Cup? The one which is played by thugs from posh homes?
I think he means the intellectuals World Cup, those with brains class and a passion for real sports
[quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.[/p][/quote]You mean the ear biting, eye gouging, false blood splashing World Cup? The one which is played by thugs from posh homes?[/p][/quote]I think he means the intellectuals World Cup, those with brains class and a passion for real sports Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 12

4:57pm Thu 19 Jun 14

emcee says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
So vulgar.
Mad, yes but hardly vulgar.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: So vulgar.[/p][/quote]Mad, yes but hardly vulgar. emcee
  • Score: 6

5:08pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Devils Advocate says...

Nebs wrote:
Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.
Friday September the 18th 2015 at 8pm. Surely, those flags will be washed out and tatty by then? They probably haven't seen the Government article about men's shrinking extras and how to show the Government if you suffer this problem!
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.[/p][/quote]Friday September the 18th 2015 at 8pm. Surely, those flags will be washed out and tatty by then? They probably haven't seen the Government article about men's shrinking extras and how to show the Government if you suffer this problem! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 2

5:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

They're coming down tomorrow.....
They're coming down tomorrow..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 8

6:29pm Thu 19 Jun 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Looks really stupid
Looks really stupid VeteranOfMany
  • Score: -6

6:33pm Thu 19 Jun 14

LexyGirl says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Well at least its a pretend house, converted bungalow and a semi at that.
Wouldn't want to be living next to that monstrosity looks like something from some council estate, brings the area down.
A pretend house that looks like something from a council estate, oh how snobbish of you to say that. I guess you think you are better than this family then? well let me tell you something, there are some things that money just cannot buy, like manners, morals and intelligence, and you lack all three.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Well at least its a pretend house, converted bungalow and a semi at that. Wouldn't want to be living next to that monstrosity looks like something from some council estate, brings the area down.[/p][/quote]A pretend house that looks like something from a council estate, oh how snobbish of you to say that. I guess you think you are better than this family then? well let me tell you something, there are some things that money just cannot buy, like manners, morals and intelligence, and you lack all three. LexyGirl
  • Score: 11

7:38pm Thu 19 Jun 14

maddriver says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
maddriver wrote:
Nebs wrote:
Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.
You mean the ear biting, eye gouging, false blood splashing World Cup? The one which is played by thugs from posh homes?
I think he means the intellectuals World Cup, those with brains class and a passion for real sports
Hardly a 'real' sport since it grew from a schoolboy who cheated at football. As for the intellectual bit, it's hardly intellectual to use brute force and ignorance and the amount of brains used is pretty minimal.
I have played rugby at both Union and League level and can assure you that League is a far better and classy sport,.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.[/p][/quote]You mean the ear biting, eye gouging, false blood splashing World Cup? The one which is played by thugs from posh homes?[/p][/quote]I think he means the intellectuals World Cup, those with brains class and a passion for real sports[/p][/quote]Hardly a 'real' sport since it grew from a schoolboy who cheated at football. As for the intellectual bit, it's hardly intellectual to use brute force and ignorance and the amount of brains used is pretty minimal. I have played rugby at both Union and League level and can assure you that League is a far better and classy sport,. maddriver
  • Score: -6

7:44pm Thu 19 Jun 14

EssexPerson says...

maddriver wrote:
Nebs wrote:
Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.
You mean the ear biting, eye gouging, false blood splashing World Cup? The one which is played by thugs from posh homes?
Unlike the the diving, cheating, biting, spitting, over paid divas that play top level football? We are unfairly generalising and pigeonholing everyone into the one group, right?
Back to the article, love the passion and patriotism but I think it looks too much.
[quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.[/p][/quote]You mean the ear biting, eye gouging, false blood splashing World Cup? The one which is played by thugs from posh homes?[/p][/quote]Unlike the the diving, cheating, biting, spitting, over paid divas that play top level football? We are unfairly generalising and pigeonholing everyone into the one group, right? Back to the article, love the passion and patriotism but I think it looks too much. EssexPerson
  • Score: 5

8:04pm Thu 19 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

EssexPerson wrote:
maddriver wrote:
Nebs wrote:
Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.
You mean the ear biting, eye gouging, false blood splashing World Cup? The one which is played by thugs from posh homes?
Unlike the the diving, cheating, biting, spitting, over paid divas that play top level football? We are unfairly generalising and pigeonholing everyone into the one group, right?
Back to the article, love the passion and patriotism but I think it looks too much.
Looks ridiculous
[quote][p][bold]EssexPerson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Nice to see, but a bit premature as the World Cup doesn't start until September 2015 when England play at Twickenham.[/p][/quote]You mean the ear biting, eye gouging, false blood splashing World Cup? The one which is played by thugs from posh homes?[/p][/quote]Unlike the the diving, cheating, biting, spitting, over paid divas that play top level football? We are unfairly generalising and pigeonholing everyone into the one group, right? Back to the article, love the passion and patriotism but I think it looks too much.[/p][/quote]Looks ridiculous sesibollox
  • Score: -7

9:09pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

John Right wrote:
Show a low IQ, as it's so moronic.
....but then patriotism doesn't sit well with you does it ? Tell me, is there anything you DO like about this country? And if not, why don't you pack your bags and go and live in North Korea where the politics would suit you better?
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Show a low IQ, as it's so moronic.[/p][/quote]....but then patriotism doesn't sit well with you does it ? Tell me, is there anything you DO like about this country? And if not, why don't you pack your bags and go and live in North Korea where the politics would suit you better? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 10

9:11pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

pembury53 wrote:
such a visceral display, reminiscient of the crusades, is sure to cause offence..........
Good. I hope it does. I find it offensive that anyone would find my flag offensive in my own country or anywhere else for that matter.

According to the Loony Left, the only country in the world that is racist is England. Everybody else can be patriotic except the English.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: such a visceral display, reminiscient of the crusades, is sure to cause offence..........[/p][/quote]Good. I hope it does. I find it offensive that anyone would find my flag offensive in my own country or anywhere else for that matter. According to the Loony Left, the only country in the world that is racist is England. Everybody else can be patriotic except the English. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 14

9:17pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

LexyGirl wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Well at least its a pretend house, converted bungalow and a semi at that.
Wouldn't want to be living next to that monstrosity looks like something from some council estate, brings the area down.
A pretend house that looks like something from a council estate, oh how snobbish of you to say that. I guess you think you are better than this family then? well let me tell you something, there are some things that money just cannot buy, like manners, morals and intelligence, and you lack all three.
Pardon him,, he's one of the resident haters. The sort who can't stand anything or anybody. Full of hate. They're quite common on this website.

Talk everything and everybody down, even if they don't know the person. I should know, having been on the receiving end. However, I am still the only person here posting under a real name - and basing my comments on fact and experience.

The only problem I have at all with shows of patriotism is that, unlike in other countries, people only fly their flags for football, whereas in the US for instance, practically every house sports a stars and stripes. Nowhere else in the world but England is anyone labelled a racist for displaying their own country's flag.

Much of the reticence to display the flag is down to cases where people have been instructed to remove them in case they "offend".

Go ahead and offend I say. If folk don't like it, they can lump it.
[quote][p][bold]LexyGirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Well at least its a pretend house, converted bungalow and a semi at that. Wouldn't want to be living next to that monstrosity looks like something from some council estate, brings the area down.[/p][/quote]A pretend house that looks like something from a council estate, oh how snobbish of you to say that. I guess you think you are better than this family then? well let me tell you something, there are some things that money just cannot buy, like manners, morals and intelligence, and you lack all three.[/p][/quote]Pardon him,, he's one of the resident haters. The sort who can't stand anything or anybody. Full of hate. They're quite common on this website. Talk everything and everybody down, even if they don't know the person. I should know, having been on the receiving end. However, I am still the only person here posting under a real name - and basing my comments on fact and experience. The only problem I have at all with shows of patriotism is that, unlike in other countries, people only fly their flags for football, whereas in the US for instance, practically every house sports a stars and stripes. Nowhere else in the world but England is anyone labelled a racist for displaying their own country's flag. Much of the reticence to display the flag is down to cases where people have been instructed to remove them in case they "offend". Go ahead and offend I say. If folk don't like it, they can lump it. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 9

9:51pm Thu 19 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

England beaten again....
England beaten again.... sesibollox
  • Score: 2

1:55am Fri 20 Jun 14

ahhh says...

Best start taking them down now...
Best start taking them down now... ahhh
  • Score: 0

12:24pm Fri 20 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
pembury53 wrote: such a visceral display, reminiscient of the crusades, is sure to cause offence..........
Good. I hope it does. I find it offensive that anyone would find my flag offensive in my own country or anywhere else for that matter. According to the Loony Left, the only country in the world that is racist is England. Everybody else can be patriotic except the English.
so do i, make no mistake........ the more offended the better, this is england
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: such a visceral display, reminiscient of the crusades, is sure to cause offence..........[/p][/quote]Good. I hope it does. I find it offensive that anyone would find my flag offensive in my own country or anywhere else for that matter. According to the Loony Left, the only country in the world that is racist is England. Everybody else can be patriotic except the English.[/p][/quote]so do i, make no mistake........ the more offended the better, this is england pembury53
  • Score: 0

1:40pm Fri 20 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

FOR SALE, 20 cheap and tacky flimsy see through flags.....
FOR SALE, 20 cheap and tacky flimsy see through flags..... sesibollox
  • Score: 2

2:01pm Fri 20 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

sesibollox wrote:
FOR SALE, 20 cheap and tacky flimsy see through flags.....
England - what a joke team, no long shots at the goal net, a little tap from Rooney
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: FOR SALE, 20 cheap and tacky flimsy see through flags.....[/p][/quote]England - what a joke team, no long shots at the goal net, a little tap from Rooney sesibollox
  • Score: 1

2:23pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

sesibollox wrote:
England beaten again....
.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: England beaten again....[/p][/quote]. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

9:18pm Fri 20 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
England beaten again....
.
Take them down, its all over, first time England have since 1958 been kicked out after only two matches, perhaps the Red Cross Society would like them.
T A K E . T H E M . D O W N
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: England beaten again....[/p][/quote].[/p][/quote]Take them down, its all over, first time England have since 1958 been kicked out after only two matches, perhaps the Red Cross Society would like them. T A K E . T H E M . D O W N CarnMountification
  • Score: 4

9:06am Tue 24 Jun 14

TheaWells says...

Leighdweller wrote:
I love this:

"She added: “We have had lots of people stopping outside just to have a look. It’s brilliant. Obviously, we can’t see who’s stopping all the time, because our windows are covered, but it has gathered attention.”

Comedy gold. Brilliant. Well done Mrs Gibbs
lol that made me laugh too... I had to read it twice thinking I'd misread it!!!
[quote][p][bold]Leighdweller[/bold] wrote: I love this: "She added: “We have had lots of people stopping outside just to have a look. It’s brilliant. Obviously, we can’t see who’s stopping all the time, because our windows are covered, but it has gathered attention.” Comedy gold. Brilliant. Well done Mrs Gibbs[/p][/quote]lol that made me laugh too... I had to read it twice thinking I'd misread it!!! TheaWells
  • Score: 0

2:26pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bethjayne says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Well at least its a pretend house, converted bungalow and a semi at that.
Wouldn't want to be living next to that monstrosity looks like something from some council estate, brings the area down.
What's with all the derogatory comments? Come on its only a bit of fun! Supporting the country you live in!!

I live in that house, and no im not common nor come from a ‘council estate' that you assumed wrongly
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Well at least its a pretend house, converted bungalow and a semi at that. Wouldn't want to be living next to that monstrosity looks like something from some council estate, brings the area down.[/p][/quote]What's with all the derogatory comments? Come on its only a bit of fun! Supporting the country you live in!! I live in that house, and no im not common nor come from a ‘council estate' that you assumed wrongly bethjayne
  • Score: 0

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