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Triplets celebrate 80th birthday
Idwal, Ivor and Morgan Llewellyn

Three brothers believed to be the oldest living male triplets in the UK are celebrating their 80th birthday.

Idwal, Ivor and Morgan Llewellyn were born in Ystrad, Rhondda, in 1928 to a miner's wife who had no idea she was expecting three babies.

"My father went to work with three children and came home to six," said Ivor, who still lives in Rhondda.

The trio, who are identical, are hosting a party with 100 guests to celebrate their birthday.

Idwal was born first, followed by Ivor an hour later and Morgan arrived 20 minutes later.

Their parents already had a son and two daughters before their birth, and went on to have another son six years later.

Idwal, Ivor and Morgan Llewellyn at six months
The triplets in 1928 at six months old

The brothers went to Gelli Junior school and then secondary school in Pentre.

But rather than run around the town or school causing mayhem and confusion by their similar appearance, the boys deliberately did not spend much time together outside of the home.

Idwal, who now lives in Talbot Green, near Llantrisant, explained: "We never went out with each other because we were objects of curiosity. It was a bit onerous.

"We were friends with other children. We were always put to sit far from each other so the teacher wouldn't get us mixed up."

Choir

After leaving school Idwal and Ivor both went into mine surveying.

Ivor, who has lived in Treherbert for the past 57 years, said: "Idwal branched out on his own and I went to Rhondda Borough Council as a land surveyor attached to the architects' department."

Morgan took a different route and became an industrial chemist, ending up working in the steel works at Port Talbot.

I've already booked the room for the 90th
Morgan Llewellyn

But he and Ivor in later life have shared a love of singing as both are choristers, Ivor with Treorchy Male Choir and Morgan with Cor Meibion Aberavon near his home in Margam.

They independently joined their respective choirs within a month or two of each other 25 years ago, and both are second tenors.

Ivor said he does not sing much now but during his time with the choir he has travelled the world, including trips to Australia, the US and Canada, and Morgan has likewise spent a lot of time visiting the continent with Cor Meibion Aberavon.

Morgan said: "I'm still singing, if you can call it that. I'm a good mimer. I even mime out of tune."

Although scattered across south Wales and south west England, the six surviving brothers and sisters all get together every five weeks or so to go out for lunch, rotating their visits to each other's home town.

"We get on wonderfully," Morgan said. "When I hear some stories about some brothers and sisters, I'm appalled."

However this will be the first time since their 70th birthday that the triplets have celebrated the occasion together.

The party is taking place at Blanco's Hotel in Port Talbot on Saturday, but their birthday is actually on Monday.

Morgan, who organised the venue, joked: "I've already booked the room for the 90th."

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