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A leap day for birthday boys and girls

PUBLISHED: 14:05 01 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:27 03 March 2010

HOW does it feel to be ten years old but to have only had two birthdays?

If you are a leap year baby then you will know. Born on the elusive February 29 which only shows itself once every four years this quartet of children are used to celebrating on a different day.

HOW does it feel to be ten years old but to have only had two birthdays?

If you are a leap year baby then you will know. Born on the elusive February 29 which only shows itself once every four years this quartet of children are used to celebrating on a different day.

Jack Airey, of Laurel Close, Kesgrave, is ten today, March 1. Actually he will officially be three on February 29 2004. Confused? Well Jack's family seem to have it sorted out.

"We celebrate Jack's birthday on March 1 every year because he was born very late on February 29. But when the real February 29 comes around we make a bit more of a fuss of him," said dad Trevor Airey.

Jordon Battiste is another leap year baby who celebrates on March 1. His mum Carla, of Canterbury Close, Ipswich, said: "Jordon is only two so we have not thought about what we are going to do when February 29 comes round again."

Other children born on February 29 include Liam Gregory, of Neath Drive, Ipswich, and Jordan Sebborn, of Halliwell Road, Ipswich. Liam will reach the grand age of two while Jordan is going to be six going on one and a half.

Liam's mum Deborah Gregory said: "Liam was not due on that date, he was five weeks late so it was a real surprise. We are going to have a big party next time February 29 comes round again."

Jordan will be celebrating his birthday a week later than usual with his parents Tracey and Robert because he has just had his tonsils out.

"Now he is getting older it is up to him when he celebrates," said Mr Sebborn. "He tends to celebrate it on February 28."


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