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Monday 20 August 2018

Hey, look behind you little fighters -- miracle twins meet panto heroes Jedward

THIS is the moment the country's most famous sets of twins came face to face for the first time.

And while they've been competing for the title of the country's most popular twins for the last year, it was smiles all round as X Factor sensations Jedward met 'Little Fighters' Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf.

The meeting came during the weekend when Jedward were feted for their sell-out panto Cinderella, which was sponsored by the Herald, and announced details of next year's panto, Jedward And The Beanstalk.

Jedward were presented with a Golden Ticket in recognition of selling 42,000 tickets for their panto in the Olympia. They were joined by co-star Linda Martin and manager Louis Walsh for the special moment.

A spokesperson for production company Spotlight said it was the first time in the history of Irish theatre that a pantomime had sold out its run ahead of its first show.

Tickets for Beanstalk are already on sale and are expected to sell fast.

Despite their busy weekend schedule, the Lucan twins took the time to give the Benhaffaf twins a tour backstage.

The Benhaffafs were special guests at Saturday's show, and they were accompanied by their parents Angie and Azzedine and their older sisters, Malika and Iman.

The family travelled to Dublin ahead of an appearance on The Saturday Night Show with Brendan O'Connor.

Speaking after their meeting with the Benhaffafs, Edward Grimes said: "It was so cool to meet the twins and it really reminded us of when we were younger, because we used to do everything together.

"The whole family are big fans and their faces lit up when they saw us."

He added: "Their mum told us that we had really helped them to get through the past year and it's really cool that me and John had that impact. It was a real privilege to meet them and they're really inspiring."

Hassan and Hussein, who were born conjoined on December 2, 2009, were separated in a marathon 14-hour surgery at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital last April.

afinneran@herald.ie

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