Many people take up a sport or perhaps have a fantastic holiday to get over the difficulty of divorce, but a man from Leicestershire decided to turn his former marital home into a Star Trek fantasy.
Yes, following his separation from his wife Georgina in 1994, Tony Alleyne initially decked out the couple’s Hinckley home into the USS Enterprise, but he later changed it to a more upscale version of the Starship Voyager, modelling it meticulously on details taken from the 1990s series.
The flat boasts a flightdeck, with voice recognition technology, lots of flashing lights and even some fake (we hasten to add) transporters.
Mrs Alleyne continued to pay the mortgage on the one-bedroomed flat after the couple divorced while Mr Alleyne attempted, somewhat unsuccessfully, to start a business offering Star Trek makeovers.
However, Mr Alleyne’s ex-wife now wishes to sell the house, and under the terms of their divorce financial settlement, unless a buyer can be found for the space ship/flat, the hi-tech fittings will be stripped out so that a more conventional-type home can be placed on the market and sold.
Mr Alleyne said of his Star Trek construction obsession, “It all started as therapy after we split up. Building every bit from scratch really helped me to deal with the stress of it all.”
However, when he heard that his ex-wife intended to sell the flat, he added, “To say I’m gutted is an understatement. It is my life’s work – and it looks like it’s going into a skip. I admit there were tears.”
Whilst it seems a genuine shame that this sci-fi homage may well end up on a very terrestrial tip, all we can say here at Healys is “Live long and prosper, Mr Alleyne.” Our divorce solicitors in Brighton and London salute you.
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