102-year-old twins celebrate their birthday by becoming the oldest pair in the UK
Identical twins Phyllis Jones and Irene Crump are set to become Britain’s oldest as they celebrate their 102nd birthday recently.
On November 20, Phyllis and Irene, from Stourport on Seven, Worcs, turned 102. The pair were born in 1916 with Phyllis being the older twin – born 25 minutes before Irene, Caters News reported.
The centenarians lived under the reign of four monarchs, seen two World Wars and 20 prime ministers.
“They both live together and are really feisty – they have to being sisters and twins."
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To celebrate their birthday, Phyllis and Irene embellished their common home with pink and silver balloons, and they each had their own white cake.
The two shared that the key to their youthfulness is eating lots of fish and two strong drinks at a time.
Phyllis’s son, Carl, 59, a retired first aid responder, said of the event, “I feel very proud of mum and Aunty Rene, I’ve always been very proud of them both.”
He planned to contact the Guinness Book of World Records when he discovered that they were the oldest living twins in the UK.
“We’re having a little party for them at home. My mum, Phyllis, has vascular dementia, so we don’t want to take her anywhere that will make her feel uncomfortable," Carl added.
He continued, “I definitely hope there’s going to be more birthdays, my mum isn’t mentally well with her dementia but she’s fighting fit and certainly doesn’t look 102 – and neither does Aunty Rene! Aunty Rene uses a walking frame, but she definitely doesn’t need one.”
On their 100th birthday celebration, Phyllis and Irene received a personalized card from Queen Elizabeth.
However, Her Majesty won't send them their next card until their 105th birthday.
“They both live together and are really feisty – they have to being sisters and twins," Carl said.
According to the records, the oldest person in the UK is currently 112 while the oldest twins in the world are 104, as reported by Caters News.