IT’S the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year – and Jake Bennett is celebrating his 11th birthday.
The birthday boy realised at the start of this year that his big day was going to fall at the same time as a once-in-a-lifetime day.
Today is the 11th time since the turn of the millennium that the second, minute, hour, date and time form a 12-digit palindrome. At 11 seconds past the 11th minute at 11am today it was 11:11:11 on 11/11/11. But it is the first time the time and date will be a perfect same numbered palindrome, reading the same backwards as forwards, in 100 years.
Amazingly, as Jake celebrates his birthday today, his close pal Liam Pritchard had his ninth birthday on September 9, 2009.
Jake, a Clavering Primary School pupil, admitted it does make his big day that extra special.
“I think it’s quite cool,” Jake told the Mail.
“One of my friends celebrated his ninth birthday on September 9, 2009, so I think it’s a coincidence that it has happened to both of us. I realised it was going to happen at the start of this year. My mum and I were talking about it.”
Jake, who lives in the Clavering area of Hartlepool with his parents, Sarah, a teaching assistant, and David, an engineer, as well as his younger sister, Hannah, eight, said he has been really looking forward to his birthday.
After school he plans to celebrate the day in style and is having a party at Flix Movie Cafe, in Church Square, Hartlepool, with his friends.
“It is just another birthday but it’s something good to look back on to say it was my 11th birthday on November 11, 2011,” added Jake.
“All of my teachers and friends in my class know it is my birthday, I’m really excited for my party.”
Helen O’Brien, headteacher at Clavering Primary School, in Hartlepool’s Clavering Road, said: “I’m sure Jake will have an absolutely fantastic day.
“He is a model pupil, extremely well behaved and very popular.
“Jake has a large group of friends, any school would be very lucky to have him as a pupil.”