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Identical twins part for first time after A-level success

A pair of identical twin sisters found out they will soon be separated by thousands of miles after receiving their A-level results.

Eleanor and Sophie Harrison from Newcastle have spent their entire lives at school together, but in a few weeks one of them will begin studying in America.

Eleanor and Sophie celebrate their A-level results at school in Jesmond, Newcastle Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Eleanor, 18, achieved the results she needed to go to the University of California where she will be studying English, while her sister Sophie will head to Leeds to study art and design.

Eleanor said: "We will keep in touch on Skype - we've been at school together since we were four."

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