Sheffield singers celebrate memorable date

Together again: Helen Mathers and Helen Wickett celebrated their joint birthday with fellow Sheffield City Opera members.

Together again: Helen Mathers and Helen Wickett celebrated their joint birthday with fellow Sheffield City Opera members.

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TWO members of Sheffield singing group celebrated a very special birthday – as the pair, both called Helen, turned 60 on the 12th of the 12th, 2012.

The 60th birthday of Helen Mathers and Helen Wickett fell on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - the last time the date, month and year will correspond this century.

If that was not coincidence enough, the pair were also in the same class at Totley County primary school, but only discovered the fact after meeting again five years ago through Sheffield City Opera.

Former nurse Helen Wickett, of Fulwood, said: “We were at school together but didn’t particularly know each other, then five years ago I joined the opera Helen was in.

“We were talking about birthdays and realised we had the same one and were the same age.

“I said this seems odd but which school did you go to and when Helen said Totley County I said so did I.

“How amazing is it that all these years later we’ve met up? It was an amazing moment.

“To both turn 60 on December 12, 2012, was just one of those amazing coincidences as well.

“It’s all quite spooky.”

With so much in common, it seemed only right that the pair celebrated their milestone birthday together.

They held a party for other members of Sheffield City Opera at The Red Deer pub in the city centre on the big day earlier this week.

Mum Helen Wickett, the widow of David Wickett, legendary landlord of famous Sheffield pub The Fat Cat, on Alma Street, Kelham Island, said: “We decided that when we turned 60 together we would have a dinner and a big party.

“It was brilliant.”

Local history author Helen Mathers, of Loxley, said: “It was a good night, and because we got together when Helen joined the opera five years ago it was nice to celebrate with the opera.

“Our birthdays even fell on a rehearsal night.

“It just seemed the right thing to do.”

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