Surprise, surprise for Sir Peter’s 84th

Sir Peter Tapsell (centre) marks his 84th birthday
Sir Peter Tapsell (centre) marks his 84th birthday

What seemed like an ordinary supper of the Louth and Horncastle Conservative Association was in fact a surprise birthday celebration.

Sir Peter Tapsell, MP for the Louth and Horncastle constituency, officially celebrated his 84th birthday on Saturday (February 1), but 60 guests were gathered together at Woodthorpe Leisure Park on Friday to welcome Sir Peter and joined him in his surprise celebrations.

Sir Peter was left in the dark about the birthday dinner and assumed it was another one of many of the Conservative Association suppers.

Sir Peter said: “I am astonished and moved by everything that has been said at this supper.

“I had absolutely no idea before I came that it was anything other than one of the conservative branch suppers to which I have spoken at for over half a century.”

He added: “It is astonishingly kind of the organisers to have gone to such trouble to pay this great honour to me and particularly Adrian Benjamin who has obviously been the moving spirit behind it all.”

Also to Sir Peter’s surprise, Prime Minister David Cameron, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres all sent letters to be read out during the evening wishing Sir Peter a happy birthday.

A slideshow of Sir Peter’s life was shown to guests and the night ended with a number of speeches, including one from Sir Peter himself.

A tribute was also made to the victims of the 1953 East Coast Floods, led by Mayor of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, Coun Bernard Dobbs.