Brian Padget from Billericay claims that he got a bit more than he bargained for when he was hired to empty a house in Basildon. Because if his story is to believed he was mysteriously transported to a strange fantasy land where he lived as King for six decades.

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning Mr Padget told Phillip Schofield: ‘I was asked to do a house clearance following the death of an old lady. So I went into the bedroom and there was a great big wardrobe in the corner. I opened the door and next thing I know I was standing in a snowy wood and this little geezer who looked kind of like a horse tells me his world’s in a bit of bother and he needs my help.’

Mr Padget then claims that sixty years passed in real time during which he met an evil Ice Queen and all sorts of other amazing mystical creatures including a huge talking lion named Alan, and that he ended up leading an army of dwarves, badgers, centaurs and fauns in a fierce battle against the Ice Queen’s forces of evil.

‘When we won the battle all the ice melted and the Ice Queen was destroyed, I was crowned King, married this well-fit bird and lived happily ever after, until one day when I wandered into this room in my palace that I’d never been in before and the old lady’s wardrobe was in the corner. I touched the door and as soon as I did I was suddenly back in the bedroom in Basildon.’

He told a rapt Schofield: “Then Steve, my mate who’d been on the clearance job with me, came in and when I told him all about my fantastic and amazing adventure he just laughed and said I was talking a right load of old pony, because he’d only just left me five minutes earlier to go down the chippy to get us some lunch. So I looked in the mirror on the wardrobe door and I hadn’t aged at all!’

When asked what was next for him Brian seemed rueful: ‘I just don’t know. I’m gutted to tell the truth, because my missus in the fantasy world was a cracking bit of stuff but my missus here in Billericay ain’t nothing special. I’d love to somehow be able to get back there if I’m being honest.’