Meet Irene Crump and Phyllis Jones.
The twin sisters from England were born 25 minutes apart on November 20, 1916, and have spent a whole century together! They attended the same school, had the same first jobs at Steatite Porcelain Products, and now even live together in Stourport, Worcestershire.
The twins aren’t identical but look remarkably similar, and they have each other’s first name for their middle name. As they recently celebrated their milestone birthday, Irene and Phyllis revealed that the secret to a long life is “hard work and good food”.
The sisters say they have always been close. Irene, the younger twin, adds: “We often celebrate our special birthdays together, and we had a lovely day. We celebrated our 90th together, and last year we celebrated our 99th birthday too. We’ve always been close and we live together now, Phyllis moved in with me five years ago. I can’t walk very far now but Phyllis walks around the block every day.”
They had an elder sister, Dorothy, who passed away in 2006 aged 92. Irene was married to Samuel, who died in 1999 and lived well into his 90s, while Phyllis’ husband, Ray Jones, died aged 91 in 2006. Phyllis’ only child, son Carl Jones, cares for them.
The sisters are believed to be one of just six sets of centenarian twins in the UK. On their 100th birthday, Irene and Phyllis asked for donations to be made to the air ambulance instead of presents. Irene says: “We haven’t got all at the money in yet but we think we’ve done pretty well. It’s a cause close to our heart.”
Happy birthday, sweet ladies!