AS BILLIONS of people across Asia celebrated last week’s magical triple eight day (8/8/08) and the launch of the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, twins from the Huddersfield distict went one better...
Jean Rudd, from Shepley, and Avril Bailey, from Penistone, managed a fourth lucky number eight as on August 8, 2008 they celebrated their 80th birthdays.
The sisters, who both married and brought up families, have never ventured far from each other having always lived in Yorkshire – even being next door neighbours in Upper Cumberworth for a time.
Jean has three sons, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, while Avril has one son, a grandchild and two great grandchildren.
The newest member of their extended family, baby Brooke, was born just last week.
The sisters’ surprise party at the Huntsman Inn, above Holmfirth, saw their sons and daughters come together and present them with some newly-framed old pictures of their childhood, cakes and flowers.