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Childhood sweethearts born on the same day in the same hospital marry 23 years later after meeting in a secondary school science class - and they're ......
Homecoming|Aug. 06, 2019
A couple who were born at the same hospital just hours apart have got married - 23 years later.
James Barsby, now 23, came into the world with his twin brother, Christian, just metres away from future wife Amy, now 23, also a twin, who was was born five and a half hours later with her brother William.
The couple's parents had even met at an antenatal class, before they welcomed both sets of twins at Queen's Park Hospital Blackburn in 1995.
Despite growing up just a few miles apart in Clitheroe, Lancashire, it was not until they met in a science class in year ten they discovered they had real chemistry - and began dating.
The junior doctors married at St Peter's Church in Salesbury this month, just days before James's graduation from Manchester Medical School and Amy's graduation from Lancaster University.
James and Amy Barsby, 23, were born at the same hospital, hours apart. The couple grew up in the same town but only properly met and started dating in Year 10. Pictured on their wedding day
The couple as teenagers on the day of their school prom. James and Amy who started dating after meeting in science class, just tied the knot
The couple were the third generation of Amy's family to marry there, with her parents Amy's parents got married at the church in 1990 and her grandparents wed there in 1965.
Christian was a joint-best man at the wedding with James's other brother Oliver, while Amy's twin William played a vital role in the big day as an usher.
The pair, who spent a 'lovely romantic' honeymoon in Slovenia after the wedding, are now set to embark upon a career as junior doctors at the same NHS Trust in the North West.
Amy said the fact the couple were born on the same day made their relationship 'extra special.'
James on the right, with his mother Sue and twin brother Christian. Amy and James are both part of their own set of twins
Amy, left, with her twin brother William as babies. Amy was born at Queen’s Park Hospital Blackburn in 1995, just like James
She said: 'It makes it more like it was just meant to be. I wouldn't have it any other way, even if it means I can't have my own birthday.
'Growing up, we've always shared our birthday with our twin brothers, now we share it with each other.'
James proposed two years ago while the couple were on holiday in Lanzarote, after secretly arranging with the hotel to find a romantic spot on the beach for dinner.
Amy said: 'It was really cute - he did well. He got down on one knee and asked me. There was no way I was going to say no.
The couple on the day of James' graduation from Manchester University, shortly before their wedding
James and Amy on the day of Amy graduated from Lancaster University. The couple both studied to become junior doctors
'I kind of guessed something was happening when he was leading me to a romantic, secluded spot, but I was very happy.
'The wedding day was just amazing, I thought I'd be nervous but I was not at all.
'We went to Slovenia for a few days for our honeymoon, which was really nice.'
She added: 'My mum helped a lot with the wedding and is really happy for us - she remembers talking to his family at the antenatal class.'
The lovebirds officially began dating in 2011, and did not let moving away to university affect their relationship.
Amy, in her wedding dress, poses for picture with James on the day of their wedding in Salesbury
The couple, who met in year 10, said they felt destined to end up with each other, thanks to their shared birthday date
Amy added: 'I was in Lancaster and James was in Manchester. It's only an hour on the train, it was nothing really. Not a weekend went by that we didn't spend together.
'We both applied for medicine degrees, we both got into uni and we both passed. Now we are both starting as junior doctors at the same NHS Trust.'
James added: 'Everyone says to us 'what are the chances of that?.'
'On the first day of school, our parents said to us both 'the other sets of twins will be starting today'. And whenever I saw Amy around school, I thought 'there's that other twin'.'
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