Scotland: 15 sets of twins set to start school in Inverclyde

Credit: PA

School teachers in one area of Scotland are set for double trouble next week as 15 sets of twins start their primary one classes.

Inverclyde will be welcoming the second highest twin count on record.

A week before they go to school for the first time, 13 of the pairs met up at St Mary’s Primary School in Greenock to show off their new uniforms in front of the press and proud parents.

13 of the 15 sets met up for a photo before the start of term. Credit: PA

Provost Martin Brennan, also Inverclyde Council’s vice-convener of education, said: "As a former teacher myself, the return to school is always an exciting time for pupils, parents and staff.

"But it’s taken on greater significance this year following the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic over the last 18 months.

"I wish all the children – and of course our education staff – all the very best for the start of the new term next week."

Some of the siblings already looked to have had a disagreement before term starts. Credit: PA

This year's total of 15 sets of twins beats last year when only nine sets of twins started P1 in the area dubbed "Twinverclyde."

The record was set in 2015, however, with more than double that – 19 pairs.

Joe Mcallister, whose twins will head to Gourock Primary for the first time on August 18, told the PA news agency he is excited for the children to start as it will "be really good for them".

Another set of pupils starting P1 are Eloise and Charlie, who will go to Ardgowan Primary School.

They told PA they are looking forward to "meeting friends" and playing football.