Leeds triplets enlist at same college

They say that all good things come in threes.

And identical triplets Josh, Lewis and Jordan Tipple are no exception.

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The triumphant trio have always been used to doing everything together.

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They even graced the pages of the Yorkshire Evening Post a couple of months after their birth on April 16, 1994, when they survived the odds.

The triplets spent the first five weeks of their lives in hospital after they were born nine weeks premature and weighed just 9lb between them.

And now the 16-year-old brothers from Hunslet, Leeds, all have their sights firmly set on a career in construction and have enrolled at the Leeds College of Building.

Jordan and Lewis are both budding plumbers and Josh is hoping to carve out a career in carpentry.

Former Royds School pupil Josh said: "We used to do all sort of things together.

"I don't think there's been a day when we haven't been together."

Lewis added: "In high school we were only in one class together throughout the whole of our time there but that was only for a year."

But even though they might play tricks on some of their friends in the classroom there is no doubt that the triplets are all different.

Josh said: "We have different personalities and a lot of people say that we might look the same but we don't act it."

But they all have their sights firmly set on success and hope to bag themselves an apprenticeship when they finish their course.

When asked if they fancied ever going into business together Lewis added: "Some people say that we should but we think they see it as a bit of a joke.

"But who knows – maybe one day."

The boys jetted out to Sierra Leone last year alongside youth group St Luke's Cares as part of a youth leading course.

Proud mum Sarah said: "The family bond of working together has helped to bring the boys together even more.

"I just think I am so lucky because I have got these great boys.

"They have always done absolutely everything together and this is just what they are used to.

"They have got a good relationship and support each other but they have their moments.

"They can't pull the wool over my eyes."

Stephen Blake of the CMA  Photo: Vikki Ellis

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