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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

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.