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Twins join right Royal party

Published Monday, 05 November 2018

Twins Leslie Brain and Julia Conlon will be among the city 70-year-olds joining the Lord Mayor at a party with a Royal flavour later this month.

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The pair share their milestone birthday year with His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

They spotted an invitation from Lord Mayor Cllr John Blundell for all people in the city turning 70 this year to join a party to celebrate their special day – and that of our future King.

Leslie and Julia were born just 20 minutes apart on 30 November 1948.

They were born in prefab houses in Willenhall , after their parents moved from Wales so their dad could find work at Binley pit, and they grew up in one of the miners’ houses in Binley Village.

Leslie, who used to work at Peugeot, said: “I am really pleased to be going to the party with the Lord Mayor and we’ll also be celebrating our own day with a joint party. We’ve invited 150 people!

“I’m not sure what we’d buy Prince Charles as a birthday present – what do you get the man who has everything? Maybe a plant for his garden at Highgrove as I’ve been there.”

Julia worked at GEC from the age of 15 and stayed there through its days as GPT, Marconi and Telent, working as a Business Administrator for the last five years.

She added: “We’ve always been aware we were born in the same month as Prince Charles as our mother received a gift from the Queen, but we can’t remember what it was.

“We’re looking forward to the party. I remember going to a street party for the Coronation and getting a silver spoon, and in 1977 I remember the Queen visiting the Working Men’s Club in the city.”

Lord Mayor Cllr John Blundell, will be hosting the party on Wednesday 14 November – Prince Charles’ birthday - and there are still places available.

So if you, a family member or friend is celebrating a 70th birthday this year and would like to attend, then please e-mail lord.mayor@coventry.gov.uk or call 024 7683 3100 to ask for a free pair of tickets. Please be advised tickets are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.

The Lord Mayor said: “I’m delighted Leslie and Julia will be joining the party. It’s a special birthday for our future King and a special birthday for many others in our city so we decided we should help them celebrate in style.”

The event will take place from 12.30pm-2pm and will feature lunch and musical entertainment by the Coventry City Council Workplace Choir. 

Prince Charles was born eight years to the day after the Coventry Blitz and as well as marking the Royal birthday, the city will be paying its annual tribute to those who suffered so much on that terrible night in November 1940.‚Äč

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