A former soldier living in a squalid two-storey outhouse has thanked an entire town who joined together to transform his 'appalling' property into a home fit for a hero.
Carl Marshall, 89, was forced to leave his home in Glossop, Derbyshire a year ago when he fell ill after spending almost three decades living in a shed next to his family's former home.
The outhouse had few of the comforts of modern living, with no heating, no downstairs window, and no bath or shower. It was even plagued with damp and mice.
The retired park ranger, who has no family and is a regular at The Oakwood pub, had never told anyone about his poor living conditions.
But when Mr Marshall fell ill with pneumonia, those at his local discovered just how desperate his living situation was, and gathered dozens of volunteers to raise £16,000 for an astonishing refurbishment.
Carl Marshall, 89, was forced to leave his home in Glossop, Derbyshire a year ago when he fell ill (Pictured: Mr Marshall in his home before the renovation)
The old interior of Mr Marshall's two-storey home was ripped out and completely rebuilt (left, his bathroom and right, his living room)
The Ex-Coldstream Guard said he was 'blown away' by the support of his community, who worked tirelessly to transform his home in just 10 months.
'I hope to go into the local firms and thank them personally for their time and material, like the carpet, and all the many other things they did,' he said. 'Just to say with much gratitude thank you, thank you, thank you.'
'And the best way of doing that is that I hope to stay here for a long, long time.'
Mr Marshall moved into the adjacent home in Dinting Vale with his parents in 1941, and grew up amongst the rows of beautiful stone houses.
His outhouse had few of the comforts of modern living, with no heating, no downstairs window, and no bath or shower. It was also plagued with damp (pictured) and mice
The retired park ranger, who has no family but is a regular at The Oakwood pub, had never told anyone about his poor living conditions (Pictured: the bathroom before)
The new bathroom in Carl Marshall's home in Glossop, Derbyshire which was renovated by a group of good samaritans from his local pub
After the £16,000 transformation, Mr Marshall said his new bathroom (pictured) should be 'given an award'
He left to join the Army in 1952 and served in Cyprus and Egypt, but two years later he returned to Derbyshire.
Mr Marshall never married or had children, and after the death of both his parents 28 years ago, he decided to sell the terraced property.
Afterwards, he moved into the two-storey shed once used as a cattery, tucked away at the back of the property in a private courtyard. Since then, it has been his home.
Mr Marshall is a regular at The Oakwood pub, which he catches a bus or takes a taxi to for a glass of red wine every day expect Sunday.
The retired park ranger (pictured after the renovation) who has no family and is a regular at The Oakwood pub, had never told anyone about his poor living conditions
Mr Marshall, pictured in his refurbished living room today, says he was 'blown away' by the support of his community
The state of his home was first noticed by landlady Alison Swithenbank after she decided to take Mr Marshall out for his birthday last November.
She said: 'We took over the pub in April 2018 and straight away we took to Carl, he was such a warm friendly man, who was full of stories about his life and travels.
'But until we went out for his birthday I had no idea how bad the conditions were that he lived in. It just wasn't fit.
'It was shocking that anyone could live like that, but Carl is such a gent, he didn't want