four security guards in Sheffield have celebrated taking on another protecting role – after they all became grandads in just a few weeks.
Bilal Luqmaan, Bob Hague, Mark Green and Andy Carr are now swapping baby stories in their breaks from patrolling the halls and campuses of the University of Sheffield.
Hillsborough resident Mark, aged 44, is a grandad for the first time after the birth of granddaughter Dottie.
He said: “I’m really chuffed, it’s superb. It’s my first grandchild too but I’ve been straight in at the deep end changing nappies.
“I’m really looking forward to celebrating Dottie’s birth with my family.”
And proud Bilal, 40, is also celebrating after his daughter gave him a grandson.
He said: “The most surprising thing is that since my daughter had Jibreel it has struck a stronger bond between me and her.
“I have had children but having a grandchild has just brought something to the whole family, it’s lovely.
“It’s been brilliant spending time with my grandson.
“It’s very different to being a parent, the responsibility isn’t the same and it’s very relaxing.”
And in a further twist one of the babies, little Gregory, is the grandson and son of a university staff member.
Bob Hague’s son Adam, 27, also works as a campus patroller and Gregory could follow in the family footsteps.
Adam said: “I don’t think he’ll be joining his grandad and me just yet, but give him half a chance!
“It’s been tiring but it’s really rewarding.
“My dad has been giving me lots of advice.”
Proud university security supervisor Bob, 52, from Hillsborough, added: “It’s amazing that all the babies were born within the same few weeks of each other.”