MEET THE SKYE WALK­ERS

Star Wars fa­natic dad names twins for sci-fi favourites:

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

WHEN mum-of-two Kerry Walker fell preg­nant with her third child her hus­band Alex Walker al­ready knew what they would be called - pro­vided it was a boy.

The 36-year-old die-hard Star Wars fan had al­ways wanted a son named after Luke Sky­walker – the saviour of the gal­axy far, far away.

But, due to some early com­pli­ca­tions, Kerry, 34, had an early scan and that was when they dis­cov­ered they would be able to have BOTH Luke and Leia as Kerry was ex­pect­ing twins .

So the cou­ple had Luke Sky Walker and Leia Skye Walker – just like Star Wars hero­ine Padme Ami­dala.

But names like Padme and Yoda are lost on Kerry, who con­fesses to never hav­ing seen the space saga.

The mum-of-four in­sists she does know Darth Vader but Alex’s dress­ing gown in homage of the Sith lord might help.

Kerry, from Val­ley, An­gle­sey said: “I’m not a Star Wars fan.

“I watched the one, I think it was the one with the ewoks, when I was a child but I’ve never seen it since then, not any of the new ones.

“My part­ner wanted a son called Luke. We didn’t think of Leia straight away but it just made sense (when we found out we were hav­ing twins) and I do like the name.

“He (Alex) drives me mad with Star Wars stuff, he’s got the Darth Vader dress­ing gown and when the ba­bies were born, they were pre­ma­ture and he used to say ‘may the force be with you’ - he’d have all the nurses in stitches.”

Alex and Kerry have known each other since they were teenagers, first dat­ing when they were 17, be­fore split­ting for a few years and get­ting back to­gether in their early 20s. Kerry, who has a son from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship and also a daugh­ter, eight-year-old Charlotte, with Alex, said: “We had a scan and we were with the doc­tor and looked there was the other one.” The cou­ple, orig­i­nally from Manch­ester, were in­cred­i­bly ner­vous when the twins were de­liv­ered at Ys­byty Gwynedd at just 34 weeks in April last year. But apart from Leia suf­fer­ing from jaun­dice the pair were healthy ba­bies and al­lowed home after a week. And what do other par­ents say when they are in­tro­duced to the Star Wars-themed twins? Kerry said: “We have had quite a pos­i­tive re­ac­tion - but my sis­ter has of­fered to pay for them to change their name by Deed Poll when they turn 18.

“Luke and Leia aren’t daft names, they’re nice and they both re­ally suit them. The mid­dle names might be a bit silly but no one re­ally uses them.

“Other par­ents now call me ‘The Star Wars twin mum’ but I don’t know what half of the things are about, the ref­er­ences and say­ings.”

Kerry may not have been mad about the names at first but has come round.

“It took me quite a while to get used to it but now it’s nor­mal.”

The twins, who are now 13 months old, are start­ing to be a bit of a hand­ful - but Kerry is man­ag­ing.

“You do have to have eyes on the back of your head some­times, es­pe­cially with two of them.

“But they’re per­fect, they’re full of en­ergy. They’re great.”

Kerry Walker with Luke and Leia and (be­low) dad Alex

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