Oct 19 2011 By James Cracknell
TWO sisters from Ruislip celebrated the birth of their grandchildren within 24 hours of each other.
Angela Fuge, 51, and Gill Kent, 56, were chatting together in the same hospital while their sons became fathers for the first time.
It was a double celebration as first Isla Darcey Fuge was born on 9 October at Hillingdon Hospital, followed swiftly by Albert Arthur William Kent at 7am the next day.
The births of their grandchildren is not the only thing Mrs Fuge and Mrs Kent have shared, as they used to be business partners running the P&D Hardware shop in Whitby Road, Eastcote.
Mrs Fuge, of Greencroft Avenue, told the Gazette: "There were five days between their due dates and my son's partner went into labour on Friday (7), the day she was expecting.
"My nephew's fiancé was due on October 5 so she was already late by then.
"We had been sent back home when my sister rang me on the Sunday morning to say she was at the hospital, and we ended up coming in at lunchtime to join her."
For Mrs Fuge it is a first grandchild, albeit an unexpected one as her 20-year-old son Christopher, an electrical design technician, and his 18-year-old girlfriend Jordan Thomas, who works with special needs children, had not planned the pregnancy.
Mrs Kent's son David, 31, a teacher at Newnham Junior School, will marry his partner Claire Dean, 28, next year. They already have a house together in Greystoke Drive.
But it was also a bittersweet week for Mrs Fuge as her mother-in-law, Joyce Fuge, died only three days before the birth of her first great grandchild.
"It made it quite poignant," she added. "It will be a day I'll always remember."