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Britain's oldest twins beat odds of 700million to one to reach 101st birthday

Posted on 9:05 AM by Sameer Shah

Britain's oldest twins have a double reason to celebrate New Year's Day after beating odds of 700million to one - by reaching their 101st birthday.

Betty Richards and Jenny Pelmore were born half an hour apart in Manchester on January 1, 1908 - and have barely been apart ever since.



The sprightly siblings still live a short drive from each other in Cornwall and say the secret to longevity is 'leading an active life'.

They both began to learn Spanish at night classes aged 97 and continue to travel the world - last year visiting Budapest.
Jenny, from Feock near Truro, said: 'We are still in very good health and keep mobile. We are also together which is the main thing.

'We have always been active and intend to remain so. Having a busy life and and not sitting still for too long is the key.'

Betty added: 'The secret is to stay healthy. Live in the moment. Just keep smiling and keep going.'

The sisters were born to parents-of-five Sarah and William Jenkin in the year Henry Ford produced his first Model T car and King Edward VII was on the throne.

Their tin miner grandfather, John Jenkin, had moved to Cheshire from Cornwall in the 1890s to find work.




The family later moved to Beckenham in South London and the Midlands where Betty trained as a secretary and her sister became a kindergarten teacher.

Jenny met her husband Hugh Pelmore, an RAF pilot, in 1941 during World War II and they married in 1947.

Her sister married Brandon Richards in 1936 and had two children, Peter and Gina, and now has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Both widowed sisters have lived in Cornwall for many years where Jenny is an accomplished painter and Betty only recently stopped keeping bees.

The twins celebrated their birthday with family and friends and are planning a party later in January.

Jenny added: 'We always celebrate every year. We had champagne on our 21st birthday and we hated it.

'I like a gin with plenty of tonic water. Betty likes her brandy and ginger.'

Previously, the oldest known British twins were Ivy Shermer and Olive Tucker from Newcastle who turned 99 in May.

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