Seeing double in Leighton Buzzard

Remarkable Coincidence

NO there's nothing wrong with your eyes and you don't need to go to Specsavers – you really are seeing double, double, double, double.

Strange, but true, there are three sets of twins living at The Heath – a cosy cul-de-sac of just 33 homes off Plantation Road, Leighton, and when they all get together it's like one big happy family.

And if that's not coincidence enough there are another two pairs of Leighton twins whose grandparents also live in the street.

When new arrivals Noel and Carole Kelly moved to The Heath with their five-year-old twin sons Josh and Dan about two weeks ago they knew they would have no trouble settling in. The couple were already firm friends with Colin and Lisa McCleod and their twins Isabella and Rosa and Sharon and Ian Down who have five-year-old twin girls Josie and Alicia who they met through the Leighton Buzzard Twins/Triplets Club.

They in turn are all pals with Danny Nickless and his twin girls Ella and Grace, aged five, who regularly visit Danny's parents Brenda and Brian who live next door to Sharon and Ian.

The LBO has also learned that Colin and Lisa's neighbours David and Jenny Debell have recently become grandparents to twins who also visit the estate regularly.

New arrivals Josh and Dan are pupils at Heathwood Lower School, with Ella and Grace, Isabella and Rosa attend Gilbert Inglefield Middle School and Josie and Alicia go to Dovery Down Lower School.

When not at school, however, the youngsters enjoy each others' company and have been having fun sledging together during the recent snowy weather.

Lisa said: "The twins all know each other well and the mums like to socialise together while the dads are all keen golfers and play golf together."

Lisa said: "It really is quite a remarkable coincidence, There are lots of twins in Leighton but it is still a remarkable coincidence that so many are associated with our little cul-de-sac."

Since the 1980s the incidence of twins and multiples has increased dramatically with the most recent figures suggesting than approximately 150 out of every 10,000 births are multiples with a third of these being identical and two thirds being fraternal (only similar as siblings).