Birthday wishes for triplets

Campbell triplets - Christine, Mary and Teresa celebrate their 70th birthdays in Oban KG_T19_Campbelltriplets

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Campbell triplets Christine, Mary and Teresa are back in town.

The sisters were in Oban this week celebrating their 70th birthday and invited The Oban Times along to recreate a moment from 54 years ago.

Now great-grannies, the trio were about to turn sweet 16 when they were spotted strolling along Oban’s esplanade by an OT  photographer who took their photograph and put it in the paper.

Campbell triplets – 70th birthday girls Christine Campbell, Mary Doyle and Teresa Campbell on the Esplanade where an Oban Times photographer stopped them for a photograph 54 years ago on the eve of their 16th birthday
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The original photograph of the Campbell triplets that appeared in the Oban Times, kept as a keepsake by the sisters all these years.

Christine, the eldest by 15 minutes, still lives in Oban and so does Teresa who is the youngest by 20 minutes – in the middle, Mary eventually returned to South Uist where they had been born in the family home by candlelight.

‘Our mother Catherine thought she was having just one, then there was two of us and she thought we were twins like our dad.

‘Father was so shocked when he heard the nurse say she’s not finished yet that he fell down the stairs – then came Mary!’ said Christine.

In the Sixties, all the sisters worked in Oban at Kelvin’s guesthouse, the Argyll Hotel and at the Balmoral, then moved away before settling where they are now.

Between them they have 14 children, 25 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Teresa chose their matching outfits for this week’s OT photoshoot to get the birthday celebrations started.

‘We know Oban has its fair share of twins, but we could possibly be the only triplets – there can’t be that many of us!’ said Mary.

Despite the miles separating Oban and South Uist, the triplets chat away on social media every day and always call to say goodnight.