Once-in-a-lifetime birthday celebration for Durrington girl

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W46565H11 WH 11TH BIRTHDAY PIC S.G. 03.11.2011''Hannah Bradley 11 years old on the 11th of the 11th W46565h11

A DURRINGTON girl is celebrating a birthday with a difference as the dates and her age align for a once-in-a-lifetime coincidence.

Hannah Bradley turns 11 today (November 11) on the eleventh day of the eleventh month and eleventh year.

And, as a further coincidence, the Broadwater Church of England School student, from Crosby Close, was born shortly before 11am.

Her step-dad, Alan Neal, 29, said Hannah was looking forward to the day, but was taking the momentous occasion in her stride.

He said: “She knows it’s an important occasion, but she doesn’t know what the fuss is all about.

“I think I’m more excited about it than she is.

“It’s something that’s a once-in-a-lifetime occasion that’s never going to be seen by anyone on this planet ever again.”

If the dates and age combined did not make Hannah’s birthday enough of a coincidence, November 11 also marks Remembrance Day, with World War I officially ending at 11am.

As part of Broadwater Church of England School’s tributes to that day, Hannah will be contributing to an assembly for her classmates.

As for the birthday celebrations themselves, Alan said Hannah’s birthday plans would be fairly low-key, with a couple of friends visiting and a meal out.

But although Hannah may be taking the big day and her moment appearing in the Herald in her stride, Alan said she was still excited about it.

He added: “She’d never let you forget it was her birthday.”