Record five sets of twins start class at Falkirk primary school

Front row, Justine Strain, Vivienne Strain, Eilish McFarlane and Niamh McFarlane. Middle row Kennedy Clark, Mackenzie Clark, Madeleine Reid and Emma Reid. Back row, Ali Irfan and Fareed Irfan.

Front row, Justine Strain, Vivienne Strain, Eilish McFarlane and Niamh McFarlane. Middle row Kennedy Clark, Mackenzie Clark, Madeleine Reid and Emma Reid. Back row, Ali Irfan and Fareed Irfan.

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A record FIVE sets of twins started primary one at St Andrew’s primary school yesterday.

Kennedy and Mackenzie Clark of Redding, Ali and Fareed Irfan and Madeleine and Emma Reid all of Falkirk are all four, and are all in the same classes as their brothers and sisters, while five-year-olds Justine and Vivienne Strain of Wallacestone and Eilish and Niamh McFarlane of Redding are in separate classes.

The news that there were so many twins in one year was a surprise to some of the parents.

Louise McFarlane, mum of Eilish and Niamh, said: “I was flabbergasted when I heard there were five sets of twins starting at the school.

“We knew there were three sets in the nursery but five is just amazing.

“It’s nice for our girls to have someone coming to school with them, but for us it was also important for them to be in separate classes to allow them be independent too. I always just call them the girls - they didn’t even know they were twins until they learned about it at nursery!”

Justine and Vivienne’s mum Lynne Strain said: “We were amazed that there were so many, although when I was pregnant, they had to start running a dedicated twins clinic at the hospital because there were so many people with multiple pregnancies.”

Andrew Sutherland, Falkirk Council’s director of education said: “There are many children, young people and indeed staff attending a new school for the first time and I wish them all well.

The first day back at school is always exciting for teachers, support staff and pupils.”

He continued: “There will be some nerves and excitement, but this will quickly settle down and I have no doubt that all of our staff will ensure that pupils settle down quickly to hard work and continue to build on their previous successes.”