BIRTHDAY-GIRL Victoria Hart turns 20 today – but bizarrely it’s only the fifth time she has celebrated her actual birthday.
Victoria was born on February 29, 1992 – a leap year.
It means she only actually celebrates her birthday on the day she was born once every four years and normally makes quite a big deal of it.
In the past the keen dancer has enjoyed surprise visits to Paris, Benidorm and Pineapple Dance Studios in London and Victoria admitted she had no idea as to what she was going to wake up to today.
But despite Victoria only getting the chance to celebrate her actual birthday once every four years, the teenager says she “loves it” and wouldn’t change it for the world.
“I think it’s absolutely brilliant,” said the Hartlepool College of Further Education student, who lives in Hartlepool’s Winterbottom Avenue with mum Trish, 48.
When it isn’t a leap year Victoria celebrates her birthday on March 1 and when it is a leap year she celebrates the big occasion on both days.
“I get two birthdays every four years,” she joked.
“I love it, it’s something a little bit different and I normally get a big birthday surprise on a leap year.”
Mum Trish wouldn’t give any hints as to what Victoria’s birthday surprise was going to be today.
But she got an early surprise last week when she found out she has been offered a prestigious spot at Met Film School, in London.
Victoria has been a keen dancer and performer since a young age and went for auditions last year.
She added: “That was like an early birthday present to be offered a spot at Met, it’s a dream come true.”
Victoria, who has two older sisters, Emma Collin, 22, and Julie Collin, 27, featured in the Hartlepool Mail back in 1992 when she was born, one of four leap year babies at Hartlepool General Hospital that day.
“We just see a leap year birthday as being normal now,” said mum Trish, who is currently out of work.
“We do go all out, it’s a special occasion.
“We have had some fantastic celebrations over the years.”