Rare cel­e­bra­tion on the cards for lucky leaplings

Spe­cial date will be well worth wait­ing for

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Happy Birthday! - By Ai­dan Bar­low

It might only come round once ev­ery four years, but there are a few Ash­for­dians who know that next Mon­day will be a bit spe­cial.

Claire Ro­driguez, Louie Boor­man and Chloe Lud­low are among those in the town who were born on Fe­bru­ary 29, mak­ing them ‘leaplings’ – born in a leap year.

For eight-year-old Louie, from Sin­gle­ton, it will be only the se­cond time he will mark his leap year birth­day, and father Ben said he is lucky enough to get two birth­days each year.

He said: “None of his friends at school be­lieve him when he says he is a leap year baby. It is a spe­cial thing and he cel­e­brates each year on Fe­bru­ary 28 and March 1, be­cause some of our rel­a­tives don’t think it should be in Fe­bru­ary. We be­lieve he was born in Fe­bru­ary, so that is the best time to cel­e­brate it. This year he will have a bowl­ing party, and we are go­ing to Legoland.

“In 2012 he was in the news­pa­per with Buzz Lightyear, but now he is more into Sonic the Hedge­hog. He is now be­gin­ning to un­der­stand that not many peo­ple have a birth­day on that date.”

For 16-year-old Chloe, from Willes­bor­ough, this year is an im­por­tant one as she stud­ies for her GCSEs at the North School, be­fore hop­ing to be­gin her A-lev­els in Septem­ber.

She said: “It’s quite nice be­cause it makes me dif­fer­ent, so it is a bit spe­cial.” Her mother, Vanessa, said: “It’s def­i­nitely a bit spe­cial. She is a mil­len­nium baby as well, as she was born in 2000. Nor­mally we cel­e­brate on Fe­bru­ary 28. This year she will have a few friends round and have a lit­tle party.”

Pre-school nurse Claire Ro­driguez moved to Kingsnorth nine years ago but is orig­i­nally from Bex­ley­heath.

She will be turn­ing 40 and said she would be cel­e­brat­ing with her friends and fam­ily on March 5.

She nor­mally cel­e­brates on Fe­bru­ary 28. She added: “I sup­pose I did feel dif­fer­ent as a kid, es­pe­cially when it was a leap year, wait­ing for that ex­tra day.

“I didn’t know any­one else around who was also born on Fe­bru­ary 29, so it is a bit spe­cial.”

Pic­ture: Alan Lan­g­ley FM4229131

Claire Ro­driguez, right, with her mother, Jean, and daugh­ter Ava

Pic­ture: Alan Lan­g­ley FM4229146

Chloe Lud­low will be 16; above, right, Chloe as a baby

Pic­tures: Alan Lan­g­ley FM4229162/FM4229163

Louie Boor­man will be eight on only his se­cond ‘proper’ birth­day; above, Louie with his father, Ben, and with Buzz Lightyear on his first leap year birth­day

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