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May 22, 2011

UK: Britain's oldest triplets celebrate 80th birthday

LONDON, England / The Daily Mail / News / May 22, 2011

When they were born, doctors didn't think they'd make it. But Britain's oldest surviving triplets were all smiles today as they came together to celebrate their 80th birthday. Brothers Ronald, Eric and David Thurman were all born within three minutes of each other in May 1931.

Hattrick: Britain's oldest surviving triplets Ronald, Eric and David Thurman,
from Oxfordshire, have celebrated their 80th birthdays

They gave their mum the a triple shock as had been hoping for a little girl and never expected twins, let alone three boys.

They spent their first weeks sleeping in a chest of drawers and at school needed their initial sewn into their uniforms so they could be identified.

The three boys, born in Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent, celebrated with a family birthday bash in Turville, Oxfordshire, where Eric lives. Ron lives in Kent and David retired to France.

They became the oldest surviving triplets after the death last January of Morgan Llewellyn, from Rhondda, south Wales. He and brothers Ivor and Idwal were 81.

Ronald is older than his brothers, but he says there is confusion over who is the youngest.

The great-grandfather-of-three said: 'They would argue about which is which, so I don't know who came second- Eric or David.

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