Double celebration for twins
YOU'RE not suffering double vision - it's a pair of siblings with a cause to celebrate.Born in 1934, identical twins Peter and Roy Rowland celebrated their 75th birthdays at the weekend.
YOU'RE not suffering double vision - it's a pair of siblings with a cause to celebrate.
Born in 1934, identical twins Peter and Roy Rowland celebrated their 75th birthdays at the weekend.
The twins look so alike that as children, their mother would stitch the first
letter of their Christian name into their clothes so that people would know who
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And now, after a lifetime of working together, they live less than 10 miles from one another and meet up every few weeks for a drink and chat.
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Father-of-three Peter, who lives at
St Margaret's Way, Hopton, wouldn't trade having a twin for anything.
He said: “Me and my brother get on something terrific - we've never had a problem. We're pretty similar and we're very much still together - we look alike, we talk alike and we walk alike.
“We've always stayed near each other - from being evacuated to Yorkshire together in 1940 to the present day. Moving to Scotland with my wife for eight years when I was 53 was the only time we were separated, and I missed him then. I didn't enjoy being away from him.”
The pair grew up on Great Yarmouth's Barrack Estate. They worked together in the building trade, in a local fish house and did 37-year stints as heavy load drivers at the wharf, where their similarity caused some confusion.
Peter recalled: “My brother had loaded up at the wharf to go to Scotland the day before, and when I came along the next day the boy who loaded the trucks
was amazed. He thought Roy had raced it over to Scotland and come back overnight!”
This resemblance almost got Peter into trouble after a case of mistaken identity back when he was a 17-year-old and on
a date. He said: “I was out at the Windmill Theatre with a girl to see a movie and my brother was also going there with a girl later on. The woman at the cash desk thought it was me again and knew my girl's family so she told them I'd been in with someone else! Luckily, they knew I had a twin.”
The Manchester United fans are not the twins in the family - it runs in the blood. Their mother was a twin and her sister had two twin girls, while their brother Donny has twin children, and even Roy's son has twin boys.
Father-of-nine Roy, who lives in North Denes Road, Great Yarmouth, said: “We're like Pinky and Perky and we're very much alike in nearly everything, except we've never married the same woman! Peter has always been there, and in the past even our own kids have mistaken us for each other.”
One of those to have made that very mistake is Peter's son Phil, who works in chemical sales.
The 49-year-old said: “I remember when I was eight or nine I went round to my uncle's house and Roy answered the door, I thought it was my dad and asked
him how he got there before us. 'I ain't you're dad!' was the response I got!”