The last of a famous set of triplets, who were born in Ilkeston – and made international news – has died.
Doreen Philips, nee Stevenson, was born with siblings Herbert and Doris on February 16, 1926, in Nottingham Road.
Although more commonplace these days, triplets were a rare occurrence 86 years ago, and the story – printed in the ‘Tiser – quickly spread around the country – and even to the Ottawa Evening News in Canada.
According to the ‘Tiser on Ferbuary 26, 1926, the couple received a £3 King’s Bounty – a payment started by Queen Victoria to help parents of multiple births.
“A firm of manufacturers of a special food for babies has offered to supply the mother and babies with their special food as long as is necessary,” it read.
Doreen died on Monday August 13. Doris died in 1980 and Herbert in 2009. They leave a combined total of 14 children and 35 grandchildren.
Doreen’s funeral is today (Thursday) at St Thomas’ Church, Nottingham Road.