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Famous steam drifter celebrates 80th birthday in Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 07:16 25 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:31 01 July 2010

The world's last surviving steam drifter, the Lydia Eva, will be celebrating her 80th birthday in Great Yarmouth on Sunday.

The world's last surviving steam drifter, the Lydia Eva, will be celebrating her 80th birthday in Great Yarmouth on Sunday.

Anthony Carroll

The world's last surviving steam drifter, the Lydia Eva, will be celebrating her 80th birthday in Great Yarmouth on Sunday.

The world's last surviving steam drifter, the Lydia Eva, will be celebrating her 80th birthday in Great Yarmouth on Sunday.

As well as celebrating her birthday, the weekend will also mark the completion of a £1.2m restoration project of the vessel.

Throughout the weekend, people will be able to go on board the Lydia Eva as she is in steam at South Quay and see her triple extension engine and Scotch boilers.

On Sunday, her birthday will be celebrated with sea shanties, cooked herring and a beer tent.

At 3.30pm there will be a civic reception in the town hall in which the work of the Lydia Eva and Mincarlo Charitable Trust in restoring the drifter will be praised.

The Lydia Eva will be open to visitors on South Quay from 10am to 7pm from today to Sunday.

She was built in 1930 and fished off Yarmouth until 1938. After working for the military she was bought by the trust in 1990.

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