By Daniel Bird
A pair of twins are set to become Britain’s oldest as they celebrate their 102nd birthday – despite being fighting fit and looking as though they’re in their sixties.
Identical Phyllis Jones and Irene Crump, who live together in Stourport on Seven, Worcs, are today [Tues, Nov 20] marking their 102nd birthday.
The pair, who were born in 1916, with Phyllis being the older twin – born twenty-five minutes before Irene have seen four reigning monarchs, twenty prime ministers and two World Wars.
And Phyllis and Irene claim eating lots of fish and two strong drinks at a time is the key to looking decades younger.
Phyllis’ son Carl, 59, a retired first aid responder, said: “I feel very proud of mum and Aunty Rene, I’ve always been very proud of them both.
“I had to do an online search to confirm it, but Aunty Rene and mum are definitely the oldest twins in Britain, I’m yet to contact the Guinness Book of World Records, but I will.
“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.
“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.”
The feisty pair received a card from Her Majesty on their 100th birthday but will not receive their next card until their 105th birthday – Carl claims that they will still be rocking at the grand age.
Records show the oldest person in the UK is currently 112 while the oldest twins in the world are 104.
Carl said when people find out the pair’s age, they refuse to believe they’re in their second century as they look as though they’re in their sixties.
Despite looking as though they’re decades younger, Irene suffers physically which means she can’t get out as much as she used to, but Phyllis only complains about the odd ache and eye problems.
Carl said residential care is not an option for his mum and aunt, although they have carers going to visit them frequently, and the duo have lived in the same house together for the past eight years.
He added: “Neither of them have arthritis, everything works perfectly – their blood pressure and everything is excellent.
“They should definitely be going for a while, there’s no signs of them mellowing down.
“I seem them at least once a day, sometimes even four times a day – it’s great.
“They both live together and are really feisty – they have to being sisters and twins.
“They don’t want residential care and there’s no chance of them going into sheltered accommodation, they just wouldn’t allow it!”