Seeing double – the twins who lost L-plates on the same day
AS IDENTICAL twins Rosie and Lucy Carleton are used to being inseparable. But the 17-year-olds outdid themselves when they passed their driving tests after the same number of lessons, on the same day and at exactly the same time.
The two girls, who are in Year 12 at St Katherine's School in Pill, had their first two-hour lesson on their birthday, November 18, through Keith's School of Motoring in Broomhill. After nine weeks and 29 hours of lessons from instructors Terry Sutton and Andy Sears, the twins were ready to sit their tests – and both got behind the wheel at exactly 3.02pm on January 20. An hour later the two girls had both passed first time, though Rosie made four minor errors while Lucy picked up nine.
Rosie was the first to arrive back at the test centre on Concorde Drive in Southmead, and was so excited at being told she has passed that she went straight back to her home in Stoke Bishop without her sister, who was a few minutes behind her.
Lucy said: "Roundabouts were the hardest thing for me, and I just don't like them. I am pleased that we passed first time. I would have been upset if Rosie had passed and I hadn't."
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Rosie said: "The hardest thing was parking. I can't park, and that was the move I had to do in my test. I am glad I passed first time. Lucy would have made fun of me if I had failed."
Now the pair can be seen driving around the streets of Bristol in identical blue Ford Kas, bought for them for their 17th birthdays.
Mum Jane Ashby, 45, said: "They both felt that they were under a lot of pressure, and they were worried that one might pass and one fail."
Mike Futcher, director of Keith's School Of Motoring, said: "In 25 years I have never known anything like it.
"There were so many coincidences and they have done very well to have passed so quickly and together."