Sunday, 26 September 2021

"I'm the same age as my grandson" (sort of)

A MAN celebrated his 20th birthday with his grandson of the same age — well, sort of.

A MAN celebrated his 20th birthday with his grandson of the same age — well, sort of.

Derek Godfrey, of Birch Close, Sonning Common, was born on February 29, 1936 which was a leap year, so he has only celebrated 20 times on his actual birthday.

That’s the same number as his 20-year-old grandson Will Manson, from Shiplake.

Will, who is studying maths at Cambridge University, said: “At some point everyone will be the same age as him if we go by his scale!”

Mr Godfrey, a flying instructor and examiner, was also once the “same” age as his daughter and Will’s mother Linda Manson when she turned eight and he marked his eighth “leap year” birthday.

Mr Godfrey said he didn’t even realise he was born in a leap year until he heard his parents arguing about it when he was a child. “We celebrated my birthday on February 28 but my father said I hadn’t actually been born then. He said to me ‘you were born on February 29 and that comes only every four years’.”

By coincidence, when he was a boy, Mr Godfrey was cast as Frederic in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Pirates of Penzance, who also has a leap year birthday.

He said: “They auditioned all of us and I got the part. Then they realised they had got someone who was actually born on that day!”

To celebrate his 80th year, Mr Godfrey went to a party with friends at Enstone airfield on his actual birthday and to a family party at the weekend as well as going out for two meals.

He joked: “I had four parties because my birthday only comes every four years!”



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