Celebrations in a Caton household trebled this week when triplets Nathan, Sammy and Alex Heywood celebrated their 18th birthday.
The Caton trio first featured in the Guardian just hours after their birth on January 22 1996.
Since then they have reappeared in the paper as they reached milestones such as starting at Caton Primary School and progressing to Ripley St Thomas.
Now though, the three teenagers have finally gone their separate ways – although Sammy and Alex are still at the same college.
While Nathan is studying agriculture and horticulture at Myerscough College, Sammy and Alex both attend Kendal College, where Sammy is studying to be a chef while Alex is undertaking business studies.
But identical brothers Nathan and Sammy and their triplet Alex will be joining together to mark their special day with their family – mum Jan, dad Steve, sister Charlotte, 29, and brothers Matthew, 26, and Oliver, 19 – before the triplets have their own celebrations with friends.
Jan said: “They want to do their own things with their own friends.
“Going to college was the first time they have really been split up so they have all got different friends now.
“It’s really scary because it doesn’t seem like five minutes since they were born.”
Jan and Steve said the teenagers had enriched the family’s lives and wished them all a happy birthday.