My ultimate dream is to be buried in a deep ocean close to where penguins live.

A Belgian pensioner wants to be buried in the Antarctic, dressed in his penguin suit in a coffin decorated with the flightless birds.

Alfred David, 79, became obsessed with penguins after he developed a limp following a car accident in 1968, leading colleagues to dub him Monsieur Pingouin or Mr. Penguin and regularly wears a hooded black-and-white costume in homage to the creatures.

He said: "My ultimate dream is to be buried in a deep ocean close to where penguins live."

However, his obsession has cost him dearly as after setting up a museum with 3,500 items of penguin memorabilia and attempting to change his name to Mr. Penguin, Mr. David's wife dumped him.

He later donated the collection - which ranged from penguin lavatory paper to cups and toys - to a local soccer team to raise money for the club.