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Howdon leapling resident holds 18th birthday bash

Joint celebrations were held at Howdon Care Home in Wallsend Tyneside, on Monday 29th Februrary, as two people celebrated their birthdays.

Resident Pat McIlvenney celebrated turning 18, whilst carer Tracy turned 12.

“I’m older than my son, Ryan, who is 18,” laughed Tracy, who was born in 1968.

“I remember when he was 10, I was 10 too, and he said you can’t be mam, look at the size of us. It took a bit of explaining.”

A big party was held for Pat – who is actually 72 -, from North Shields, which was attended by her family, many of her 70 fellow residents and staff members at the home.

“Pat is very excited about it,” said Tracy. “We have a good chat about it and a joke. After all, you’re not 18 every day.

“I get on well with Pat, we all do. I’ve got her a little present.”

Pat and Tracy belong to a select group. The chance of being born on a leap day is one in 1,461 and as such there are five million leaplings around the world.

The poet Lord Byron was born on a leap day, as were rapper Ja Rule and former Newcastle United Darren Ambrose.

Tracy added: “Obviously you celebrate your birthday in non Leap years, but what date you choose can be different.

“Pat celebrates hers on February 28 and I celebrate mine on March 1.

“When it is my official birthday I tend to do something a bit special.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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