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Belfast triplets get matching A-level results

Triplets Nancy, Hannah and Jack Eaton, from Belfast

THERE was a triple celebration at Lagan College in south Belfast where triplets Nancy, Hannah and Jack Eaton received exactly the same results - two Bs and a C.

Nancy got her grades in English, politics and French and is planning to take a year out before going on to Queen's University Belfast to study global politics, while her sister Hannah took sociology, media studies and health and social care, and is hoping to study nursing.

Jack got his grades in software systems, media studies and business studies and is planning to go on to study software engineering at Liverpool John Moores University.

The 18-year-old siblings said they had been "very nervous", but were delighted to discover they had achieved matching grades.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland's oldest mature student has toasted A-level success aged 70.

Grandfather Ken Humes tutors mathematics and decided to enter the subject himself out of "curiosity".

He spent his career working in accounts and took a degree in mathematics.

Mr Humes achieved an A-level grade B on Thursday despite not completing all the modules due to ill health.

He said: "It was just curiosity, I am not going to apply for a job."

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