Why retiring Sir Peter is happy on home ground

All together: Sir Peter Tapsell and his wife at the fundrasing event in Roughton last Saturday

All together: Sir Peter Tapsell and his wife at the fundrasing event in Roughton last Saturday

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They say all good things must come to an end...and the final finish line is well and truly in sight for Louth and Horncastle’s veteran MP Sir Peter Tapsell.

Sir Peter will step down at May’s General Election, ending his record-breaking Parliamentary career.

Fittingly, he attended one of his last functions as an MP in his home village of Roughton last Saturday.

Accompanied by his wife, Sir Peter called in at the village coffee morning and table top sale to raise funds for St Margaret’s Church in Roughton and St Mary’s Church in Kirkby on Bain.

And, judging from photographs of the event, Sir Peter and his wife were as popular as ever.

One resident said: “It is always good to see Sir Peter and it was also good to see his wife because she has not been in the best of health recently.

“He’s always been a big supporter of local causes and it really will be sad to see him step down as MP.

“However, I’m sure he will still attend a lot of events and he will always be welcome.”

Sir Peter, who celebrated his 85th birthday in February, has served in the House of Commons continuously since 1966.

He has been Father of the House since the 2010.

He was recently described as being like “the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone Park - because he erupts at irregular but predictable intervals.”