Birthday boys arrive in style

A TRIO of lifelong friends have held a joint birthday party to celebrate turning 70 and 75.

To mark the occasion John Truscott, 70, Maurie Sharkey, 70, and Lindsay Kofoed, 75, pulled up to Braidie's Tavern in a 1961 Ford Fairlane, a 1979 Cadillac Fleetwood, and a 1985 Chrysler Imperial Limousine previously owned by Larry Hagman (JR Ewing).

Friends of the trio Bob Braidie and Dave Sutton, who own the Cadillac and Chrysler, chauffeured them to the event, which saw hundreds of their friends and family come together to enjoy a meal and a few drinks.

Mr Truscott, who owns the Ford Fairlane, said he had wanted to get the cars together for a long time.

“This seemed like a good excuse,” he said.

 “You are only 70 once,” said Mr Sharkey. “We won’t pass this way again.”

Mr Truscott and Mr Sharkey were born days apart and placed in cribs next to each other in the hospital.

“My mum had to put up with him bawling in the same room,” said Mr Truscott.

“We’ve been through the whole box and dice together,” said Mr Sharkey.

Mr Kofoed, whose father was friends with Mr Truscott’s father, said the secret to a long-lasting friendship was not to see each other too often.

“We always celebrate our birthdays, so we thought we would get together,” he said.

"So far, so good."

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