Jimmy's 90th birthday surprise

PUBLISHED: 07:50 21 April 2015 | UPDATED: 07:50 21 April 2015

Seaton resident Jimmy Purvis gets a surprise 90th birthday performance by Uplyme Morris Men

Seaton resident Jimmy Purvis gets a surprise 90th birthday performance by Uplyme Morris Men

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Uplyme Morris men descend on sleepy Seaton street

The inhabitants of a quiet, residential side street in Seaton got a noisy and colourful surprise last week.

Residents in Boswell Way were treated to an impromptu display by local morris men, The Uplyme Morris, who performed one of their traditional routines in full costume, with hankies waving and bells ringing.

The performance was a surprise to celebrate one householder’s 90th birthday - Jimmy Purvis was a regular musician for the side for many years and the members decided that a few dances in honour of one of their founding members would be a fitting tribute to him.

The Squire, Peter Morton, told the Herald: “Jimmy was a fantastic help in the early days of the side.

“He is a very competent musician who also knew many of the tunes from when he was a member of the original Uplyme Morris which disbanded in 1996.”

Neighbours gathered outside to watch the dances as the sun set and also came up to wish Jimmy a happy birthday.

He said: “It was a great surprise, but it was lovely of them to remember my birthday in that way.”

Originally from Newcastle, Jimmy and his wife Jessie, who sadly died last month, moved to Seaton in 1998.

Locals may recognise Jimmy from his regular performances playing melodeon on the seafront to raise money for many charities, including the RNLI and Save the Children.

● Uplyme Morris can be seen throughout the summer in and around East Devon and West Dorset. New members, dancers and musicians are always welcome. Contact Mr Morton on 07917 748087.

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