World’s largest gnome might have a new home in Langford

Colwood business proposes to house Howard the gnome at new location

Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, may make his way to Langford.

Galaxy Motors, currently in Colwood, is relocating to a new nine-acre plot on Sooke Road near the Peninsula Co-Op Gas Station in Langford.

Phil Dagger, Galaxy Motors owner, hopes the new location will become Howard’s home.

“I saw all the news articles and the T.V. coverage and I thought hey it could work for us,” Dagger said. “He’s garnered a lot of attention in the last week or so as well, so it would make sense that he’d be an instantly recognizable figure if we ended up with him.”

Howard is an eight-metre tall gnome that currently resides on the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay on the property of a Chevron gas station.

READ MORE: Suitors lining up for Howard the Gnome

Bridget Matewish — granddaughter of Ron Hale, the man who built Howard — said the gnome needs to find a new home by April 30.

Matewish and her family have received dozens of offers from people who want to house Howard.

Galaxy Motors sent a proposal to Matewish to house Howard and also reached out to the company’s Facebook audience to see what they thought about bringing the gnome to Langford.

In 24 hours, almost 500 people voted in the company’s poll and about 77 per cent of voters thought bringing him to the city would be a great idea.

Brittany Ellis, who works in digital marketing for Galaxy Motors, said Langford Mayor Stew Young was also excited to hear about Howard possibly becoming a Langford resident.

READ MORE: World’s largest gnome needs a new home

Ellis said they should hear back from Matewish soon.

“She said they’re hopefully going to decide by the middle of the month, it’s a family decision, and then they’ll keep in touch,” Ellis said.

Galaxy Motors is also offering to pay to have Howard refurbished and transported to Langford. They hope to have some sort of plaque to honour Howard and the family as well.

“It sounded important to the family that there’s some kind of recognition… it’s the memory of granddad if you will,” Dagger said.

The new Galaxy Motors/GalaxyRV lot will be much larger than its current location. Dagger said it will allow them to better service customers with 12 service bays and both vehicle and recreational vehicle sales.

If all goes as planned, they hope to break ground on the new location around June and be up and running by spring of next year.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Just Posted

‘More animals could have a chance:’ Victoria Humane Society in desperate need of a home

Animal rescue currently has 163 animals in foster and volunteer homes

Free-B Film Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

Head to Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park to see some family favourites on the big screen

Join North Saanich invasives removal and experience three key benefits

Friends of North Saanich Parks says July 27 clear-up will be rewarding as well as green

Central Saanich accused of not following Climate Emergency declaration with urgent action

Motion to research climate response options and costs rejected then rescheduled in tense meeting

Esquimalt gives six-storey rental complex the green light

A new apartment building is set to go up on Admirals Road

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read