Devizes pensioner David Billett is flying the fundraising flag for the British Heart Foundation in the garden of his home by giving it a Cool Britannia make-over.

While England flags will be out in force all this week in the run up to the World Cup final on Sunday Mr Billett is determined not to be outdone and his garden at 45 Broadleas Park will be a riot of red, white and blue.

Mr Billett, 75, has been a British Heart Foundation supporter for 18 years after undergoing a triple bypass operation at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

He was so grateful for the treatment that he received that he dedicated his time to fundraising for the charity and in 2013 was named fundraising volunteer of the year for Wiltshire and West Berkshire.

Last year he decorated his garden with pom poms but this year he is going patriotic by putting up flags and bunting under the Cool Britannia theme.

If England make it to the final of the World Cup it will seem particularly appropriate as his garden opening between 2pm and 5pm will coincide with what could be the most important football match of the century.

The retired teacher is being helped to create his garden display by his wife Patricia. He said: "I hope lots of people will come along and support us and enjoy the garden.

Grandfather Mr Billett was not aware he had heart disease until an annual check up at his GP surgery indicated he might have a problem, and further tests showed he had three blocked arteries.

He now keeps fit by swimming and gardening but wants to make sure other sufferers get the best help possible by raising money for research.

He said: "There is a lot of new research going on and any money we raise will help.

“The heart is the last muscle to give up and the body compensates all the time. I had ageing problems like blood pressure but to be told I had three blocked arteries was a surprise.

“The NHS is brilliant and after my operation I thought I would support the work of the British Heart Foundation. My main interest is the research they fund.”