Lifeboatman Seb served ‘egg-cellent’ birthday surprise

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Seb Cope was served with the lifeboat crew’s traditional birthday surprise (photo by Georgia Robson)

IT wasn’t quite the celebration Seb Cope had in mind when he announced his 35th birthday to volunteer colleagues at Lyme Regis lifeboat station.

As he stepped ashore after a training session on Tuesday night, his ‘friends’ pounced out of the shadows, tied him to the harbour railings and served him a generous portion of eggs, baked beans and flour. And the second course was a hosing down in very cold water – a birthday tradition for the lifeboat crew.

One crew member said: “Perhaps Seb should have kept quiet about his birthday because this sort of treat is a Lyme Regis tradition.”

And Seb’s reaction: “It was a good laugh once I had got over the shock and removed baked beans from my ears.”

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