Two leap year birthdays in same class

‘Leaplings’ Ben Smith and Lucy Habin, who were both born on February 29

‘Leaplings’ Ben Smith and Lucy Habin, who were both born on February 29 Buy this photo

First published in Features

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."

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