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Inside Southampton’s Palace of Versailles

The building which houses Adrian Reeman’s council flat in Southampton. (Caters News Agency)

Inside the Southampton council flat decorated like the Palace of Versailles

Hannah Uttley

A DIY fanatic has spent more than 30 years turning his council flat into a replica of the Palace of Versailles.

Adrian Reeman, 67, is determined to leave no part of his two-bedroom flat in Southampton which he shares with his wife unchanged in his quest to make the interior fit for a king – despite a tenancy agreement stating the flat must be returned to its original condition if the couple move out.

He has kept the cost down to a minimum by finding the necessary materials in skips and charity shops and crafted tables from discarded wooden salad bowls.