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Worthing pensioner builds cardboard castle in cul-de-sac
They say an Englishman’s home is his castle - but this partying pensioner may have taken the old saying a step too far.
Ken Humphreys has surprised the neighbours in his quiet cul-de-sac by turning his house into a cardboard castle fit for a king.
The 66-year-old spent hundreds of pounds transforming his home into a medieval fortress - and then threw open his portcullis for a huge party.
He said: “Everyone thinks I’m crazy but I’m not. I’ve just got a zest for life and I can’t stand boring people.
“So I thought I’d turn my house into a castle for a laugh.”
More than 100 friends and family were invited to Ken’s castle in Anscombe Close, Worthing - dubbed Castle Kendragon - on Saturday night.
Inside, the visitors wandered back in time into the Great Hall - Ken’s living room - complete with a round table fit for King Arthur and his knights.
Further on, guests found a medieval bar with frothing flagons of mead, and Merlin’s hut even made an appearance in the conservatory.
Outside in the garden, revellers spent a hearty evening charging each other with lances in a jousting tournament.
But this was not the first “crazy” party Ken has thrown - in fact he transforms his home every two years. In 2009 the theme was Pirates of the Caribbean, for which Ken built a huge galleon ship in his lounge.
He said: “Everyone assumes it’s my birthday but it isn’t. I just do it for the hell of it really. “It’s certainly taken a lot of work and effort - but it’s been worth it.”
Ken collected hundreds of recycled supermarket boxes to make his castle, painting each one a wooden colour for maximum effect.
But the morning after the night before, all was not well with Ken’s mighty fortress.
As his guests nursed their hangovers, drops of falling rain slowly turned his towering battlements into a soggy, drooping mess.
Ken said: “It was fantastic while it lasted but it’s starting to fall apart now. I’m not too bothered though - we had such a fun time and it was great while it lasted.”
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