Identical twins Samantha Sullivan and Alison Richardson were seeing double many times over at a rather special gathering.
The 39-year-olds. both self-employed businesswomen, were among more than 350 sets of twins at the 21st birthday celebrations of Twins UK in London on Saturday.
TwinsUK is the genetic research department at St Thomas’ Hospital London. It looks at twins to see what the factors are, be they nature or nurture, behind illnesses like cancer and arthritis.
Osteopath Samantha, who runs Hemel Osteopathic Practice from home in Maynard Road, said: “We didn’t get up to much mischief at school by looking the same, although it took a few weeks before the teachers realised there were two of us!”
Both twins – then with the surname Birks – grew up and went to school in Little Gaddesden and at Cavendish in Hemel Hempstead.
Alison, who still lives in Little Gaddesden, owns organic beauty and massage business Pure Therapy in Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted.
She said: “It was good to meet up with so many other twins who have shared experiences of growing up as we did.”
But she added that she and Samantha didn’t have any spooky experiences to relate.
They failed the test for telepathy on the day.
“But I heard of one twin who received a black eye and the other twin who later had one without being hit by anything,” she said.
The gathering, which included identical twins dressing in identical outfits, heard about research with lots of entertainment on offer as well.
Twins UK is always looking for new recruits both non identical and Identical twins from all over the country of different ages and backgrounds.