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A MAN who lives in a village near Daventry has ordered a pudding worth £22,000 for his 60th birthday.

Carl Weininger wanted to cheer himself up at his birthday bash and ordered chocolate pudding containing gold, champagne caviar and a two-carat diamond.

The man’s purchase made it into the record books as the world’s most expensive dessert. It was sliced up and served to guests at his birthday party last week.

But the father-of-two doesn’t particularly like chocolate - and nor does he regard the gesture as particularly extravagant.

He said: “My family think I’m crazy - but my friends think ‘it’s just Carl being Carl’.

“I had a recent health scare and thought it would be a great way to cheer myself up and help the Aerobility charity.”

The pudding was on show at the Aviators’ Ball, which raised £60,000 for Aerobility, a charity which offers the uniquely uplifting gift of flight to disabled adults and children.

Carl, who had polio as a child and has the use of only one arm and one leg since a motorcycling accident when he was 19, said: “Having the use of one arm and one leg doesn’t stop me doing anything. I like fast cars, fast women and fast food.

“Flying enabled me to be on a par with everyone else. My disability hasn’t stopped me doing anything.”