COUNTY NEWS: Man turns home into spaceship

Ken Humphreys puts on a themed party for friends every two years. This year, he has transformed his home into a sci-fi heaven, complete with spaceship.

Ken Humphreys puts on a themed party for friends every two years. This year, he has transformed his home into a sci-fi heaven, complete with spaceship.

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A MAN who loves throwing themed parties has turned his house into a spaceship.

Ken Humphreys, a biblical scholar from Anscombe Close, in West Worthing, puts on a themed bash for friends every two years. This year’s event takes inspiration from science fiction TV and films, including Star Trek, District 9, and Flash Gordon.

Ken and 12 friends started work on the project six months ago.

The 69-year-old said: “I do it for the joy of being alive. The world is full of misery, and I am quite a serious scholar, but to me, life is all about having fun.”

Guests entering the house will find aliens from Mars Attacks! and Robbie the Robot greeting them on entry.

They are then guided through an alien planet with a crashed space shuttle, before entering a deadly greenhouse full of man-eating triffids.

There is also a built-in time machine, UFO smoking area, and the Lust in Space Lounge, based on various space cantinas.

Dudley Sawer, 63, a friend of Ken’s who helped with the work, said: “We just got a chance to work on our favourite scenes. We work as a crew. It is like theatre, and we are actors on a stage.

“This man has found ways of working with cardboard you wouldn’t believe.”

This is the seventh themed experience Ken has hosted, with previous years including Pirates of the Caribbean, Arabian Nights, and Camelot.

Leslie Jones, another friend, added: “It gets more extravagant every time.”

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