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11-01-2009, 03:01 PM #1
Joy of father of new twins, aged 71A 71-year-old thought to be Britain's oldest father of twins has told of his joy at his new children.
Richard Roden, from Walsall, posed in The Sun newspaper with wife Lisa, 25, and identical eight-month-old daughters Emily and Ruby.
The retired welder, who has 10 previous children from two previous marriages, said: "Being a dad at 71 is definitely more tiring than in my 20s, but they give me such a lot of pleasure."
He added: "I wouldn't swap them for anything - not even winning the lottery. They have made my life complete."
Mr Roden married Lisa a month ago - four years after their first meeting while attending a further education college together.
A holiday in Weston-super-Mare in 2006 cemented their love, he said, and the couple started trying for a baby at the beginning of 2007. The twins were born in February this year, Emily weighing 5lb 5oz and Ruby 4lb 6oz.
Mr Roden said people assume he is the children's grandfather when out and about.
His wife, who has another daughter aged eight from a previous relationship, also told how people shouted "cradle snatcher" at him, and how his older daughters took the news that they were together "badly".
But she said she was proud of their relationship, and the arrival of the twins had made their happiness complete.
She told The Sun: "I do worry about something happening to Richard, and the twins being left without a dad. But he is fit and healthy for his age.
We are just taking each day as it comes. The twins have really made our happiness complete - and Richard seems 20 years younger now."
11-01-2009, 03:12 PM #2
11-01-2009, 03:13 PM #3
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