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Five sets of Ards twins get prepared for cycling test

By Michael Bashford

Published 24/02/2010

Ronnie Tosh and Nicky Kelly, from Centra, with DOE road safety character Skooter, along with the five sets of twins. L-r front row: Jack and Rachael Barr, Katie and Daniel Robinson. Back row: Naomi and Lucy Perry, Kathryn and Robbie Sinclair and Harry and Josh McIlrath
Ronnie Tosh and Nicky Kelly, from Centra, with DOE road safety character Skooter, along with the five sets of twins. L-r front row: Jack and Rachael Barr, Katie and Daniel Robinson. Back row: Naomi and Lucy Perry, Kathryn and Robbie Sinclair and Harry and Josh McIlrath

It's double trouble times five for the Department of the Environment (DOE) Cycling Proficiency Scheme, as five sets of twins at one school — Abbey Primary School, Newtownards — have signed up for a key road safety initiative.

The 10 pupils are helping the DOE launch its safe cycling training, which starts in schools after Easter.

DOE is currently writing to all primary school teachers in Northern Ireland outlining the benefits for children who take part in the road safety programme.

DOE’s Ronnie Tosh said: “It is a unique situation to have five sets of twins at one school taking part in the Cycling Proficiency Scheme at the same time. We wish them all the best of luck for their training and tests.”

Independent retail group Centra has sponsored the DOE’s Cycling Proficiency Scheme since 2004 and almost 9,000 children take part each year.

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