Father and son complete penny farthing charity ride

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LYME Regis lifeboatman Seb Cop and his dad Alistair pictured with their penny farthings at Villa Park in Aston, Birmingham

FATHER and son Alistair and Seb Cope combined their two interests – penny farthings and football – to raise funds for a charity close to their heart.

Seb, 35, a member of Lyme Regis lifeboat crew and his father Alistair, 59, from Seaton, cycled on their penny farthings from Derby County’s ground to Aston Villa’s stadium in Birmingham last weekend.

They raised more than £200 for the Aston Villa Foundation community charity during their 50-mile ride.

Seb, whose great, great grandfather was born just yards from Villa Park, said: “We cycled on roads, paths and canal towpaths and had a great reception from people along the way, and especially football fans.”

On the way to Aston Villa the pair stopped at the National Arboretum where Seb paid his respects at the RNLI memorial. At the end of their journey they watched Aston Villa draw 1-1 with Derby County.

Seb and Alistair regularly organise vintage cycle rides and events with their group Velo Vintage and the next will be a nine-mile ride from Seaton on Saturday, June 30. For further details and ticket, which are raising funds for Headway Devon, visit the website www.velovintage.co.uk

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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