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New Year twins celebrate birthday

Betty Richards and Jenny Pelmore
The sisters say their hobbies keep them active and healthy

Twin sisters, believed to be the oldest in Britain, are celebrating their 101st birthdays.

Betty Richards and Jenny Pelmore, who live a mile apart in Truro, Cornwall, were delivered by a doctor who arrived on horseback on New Year's Day, 1908.

The twins, who have lived in Cornwall for more than 50 years, said good health and keeping active was their secret to long life.

Mrs Pelmore has recently bought herself a new car.

"I'm still driving and my new car is a Mitsubishi," she told BBC News.

"It's got lovely high seats, does nearly 85 miles to the gallon and is very comfortable - I'm very proud of it."

I'm booked to do a painting course, which shall be such fun
Jenny Pelmore

In recent years the sisters have also learned Spanish and taken up painting.

A family party is planned for later this month, but the twins will still be celebrating their special day with neighbours, family and friends.

"A lot of the family are living abroad, but you don't live somewhere for nearly 60 years without making a lot of friends," Mrs Pelmore said.

An early photograph of Betty Richards and Jenny Pelmore
The twins were delivered by a doctor who arrived on horseback

Both sisters were married but are now widows. Mrs Richards, who trained as a teacher and later became a beekeeper, has two children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs Pelmore said she and her sister were looking forward to a lovely summer, with better weather than last year.

"If the weather's good, we shall be relaxing and enjoy watching people do funny things," she said.

"I'm booked to do a painting course, which shall be such fun and Betty will be coming along for the ride.

"It's so good to have hobbies and do interesting things."



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