A pair of Otley schoolchildren have celebrated their birthday for the first time in four years.

Otley All Saints Primary C of E School pupils Ben Smith and Lucy Habin, who both turned eight yesterday, could make a decent stab at claiming they are only two years old.

Because the Year 3 pair are both 'leaplings', born on February 29, and have seen only two birthdays since they entered the world in 2004.

On non-leap years, like other leaplings around the world, Lucy and Ben have had to work around the problem and celebrate either a day before or a day ahead, on February 28 or March 1.

A spokesman for the school said: "We haven't had many children who were born on February 29 and to have two in the same class is certainly unusual.

“It can't happen very often."