FIFTY years ago the population of Hindley Green increased by three, when the first set of triplets to be born in the area made their appearance.
Stephen, Jeffrey and James Fisher were born to Irene and Jack of Swan Lane, five weeks early at Firs Maternity Home in Leigh, on February 7, 1953.
Triplets were a rarity in those days, and the Fisher family received 3 from the Queen to celebrate the boys' arrival – 100 in today's money!
And although times were sometimes tough for the full-time housewife and her family, the eldest triplet, Stephen, looks back on his childhood with extremely happy memories.
Stephen, who still lives in Hindley Green on Tregaron Road, is married to Barbara and has a son and a daughter, Elizabeth, 21, and Tim, 16, and is a technology teacher at Lowton High school.
He said: "We were a speciality in Hindley Green – mum had given birth to twins two years before, although sadly my sister Susan had died at three months old and left my brother, Trevor. So we were conceived at odds of thousands to one!"
Stephen said: "I know that me and my brothers are extremely grateful to mum and dad – who both died a number of years ago. You don't really know how hard it is to look after children until you have them yourself and we must have been extremely hard work. We only have very happy memories of our childhood and we all have Christian faith."
Jeff, who is married to Sylvia and dad to Karen, 22, and Michael, 19, lives on Skipton Avenue, Hindley Green and is a civil engineer. Jim is headteacher at Meadowbank Primary School and lives in Pennington with wife Gill and daughter, Julia, 18. Jim is heavily involved with Atherton Sub Aqua (scuba diving) Club and Stephen and Jeff have kept the strong ties with St John's Church.