A White Van Man says he got more than he bargained for on a recent house clearance.

Dave Thorpe from Billericay claims he was magically transported to a strange fantasy land where he lived as King for six decades.

‘I was clearing the house,’ explains Dave, ‘and in one bedroom there was this big wardrobe. I opened the door and next thing I know I’m standing in a snowy wood with this little geezer a bit like a horse who tells me his world’s in a bit of bother and needs my help.’

Mr Thorpe claims twenty years then passed in real time during which he encountered an evil Ice Queen and amazing mystical beings including a huge talking lion named Alan, and that he ended up leading an army of magical creatures in a fierce battle against the forces of evil.

‘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 a room in my palace and the old lady’s wardrobe was there. I touched the door and was suddenly back in Billericay.’

‘Steve, my oppo came in and when I told him my tale he said I was talking bollocks because he’d only just left me five minutes earlier to shoot down the chippy to get us some lunch.’

When asked what was next for him a rueful Dave commented: ‘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 all that. I’d love to somehow be able to get back there to be fair.’