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Next-door-neighbours in Ketton share a birthday with the Queen




What are the chances of three people on the same street sharing a birthday? Or how about them being next door neighbours?

In Ketton’s Manor Green, ‘birthday girls’ Lena Brown, Alison Couzens and Millie Reho enjoy that many-million-to-one coincidence - and the icing on the cake is, they also share their special day with the Queen.

Celebrating on Wednesday (April 21), they each received a surprise gift from the community team at the Chater Lodge care home to mark the occasion.

Next-door neighbours Lena Brown, Alison Couzens and, inset, Millie Reho
Next-door neighbours Lena Brown, Alison Couzens and, inset, Millie Reho

Care home manager Zoe Postgate said: “Everything has been so restricted in the last year so we just want to celebrate whatever joy we can.”

Having just turned threee, Millie is the youngest of the trio and received a dolls’ house and a day out at Twinlakes. Her gift from Chater Lodge was a cuddly toy.

Alison was celebrating her 67th birthday with a trip to the garden centre while Lena, 70, was planning a pub lunch followed by coffee and cakes. They each received a bouquet of flowers.

Three-year-old Millie Reho
Three-year-old Millie Reho

The bizarre coincidence of their shared birthdays was only discovered through a series of chance conversations.

“I knew I shared my birthday with Millie because I remember when she was born,” said Alison.

“When I was little everyone used to tell me the flags were flying for my birthday.

“It’s only when I was about 12 that I found out they were actually for the Queen!”

Next-door neighbours Lena Brown and Alison Couzens
Next-door neighbours Lena Brown and Alison Couzens

Lena is from Finland and moved to Ketton four years ago. She is delighted to share her birthday with royalty.

She said: “It’s very special for me. I really appreciate the Queen and admire everything she does.”

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