Amy leaps into ‘6th’ birthday

Joy of six: Amy Walker ' born a Leap Year baby on February 29, 1988 ' and fiance Matt Cawthorn (also 24).
Joy of six: Amy Walker ' born a Leap Year baby on February 29, 1988 ' and fiance Matt Cawthorn (also 24).
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YOU wouldn’t know it to look at her but Amy Walker has only ever had six birthdays.

She is among the rare few who get to only celebrate every four years.

Yesterday – the Leap Year date of February 29 – was an unusual occasion that saw her celebrate both her sixth and 24th birthdays.

Life as a “leaper” means Amy usually has to elect to celebrate her birthday on February 28.

Family and friends have played along with the fun in previous years.

Amy said: “I have received cards with age 4 or 5 on in the past and have to explain why people think I’m so young.”

She works at Uppercuts Hair Salon in Spalding and is on maternity leave after giving birth to daughter Freya ten weeks ago.

To celebrate her birthday yesterday she was whisked away to Sheffield for treatment from top hairdressers Alan Paul as part of a day of pampering by fiancé Matt Cawthorn (24), who lives with Amy in Westside, Spalding.

l Leap years (first introduced in 1582) occur because the Earth does not orbit the Sun in precisely 365 days; it is nearly 365 and six hours per common year. Without regular leap years, these six extra hours could build up to a point where our calenders would fall out of sync with the seasons.