Britain’s oldest twins, aged 104, reveal their secret to ‘staying young’

titeduvn

Elma Harris and Thelma Barratt, who were born half an hour apart in Stockport in August 1919, now live together at a care home in Lancashire

Twins aged 104 – thought to be Britain’s oldest – have revealed their secret to ‘staying young’ and a long life.

Elma Harris and Thelma Barratt, who were born half an hour apart in Stockport in August 1919, now live together at a care home in Lancashire.

Speaking to BBC News the sisters shared their secret to a long life, saying a positive outlook, good food and a cheeky brandy and lemonade every night is the key.

‘If you feel young, you stay young,’ said Elma. The twin added: ‘We look at each other and say, “Who’d have thought we’d live to be this age?”. Thelma admitted: ‘We didn’t, but we’re still here.’

At the age of 14, the sisters started working as packers and labellers at Smiths Crisps after asking if there were any jobs going on the way home from school. 

Elma Harris and Thelma Barratt, who were born half an hour apart in Stockport in August 1919, now live together at a care home in Lancashire 

They were 19 when World War Two broke out; Thelma continued working at Smiths but Elma was called up to work at Fairey Aviation’s nearby factory making parts for the RAF.

Thelma said: ‘Well we had the bombs at night falling on us.’ Elma added: ‘Even though the air raids were on at night we still had to go to work the next day. When it was over we celebrated, there was a lot of dancing.’ 

They gave up work when they got married at 21, just three months apart.  Elma married Bill Hewitt, a joiner and Thelma married Joseph Barratt, a hatter.

See also  Mystery Unveiled: The Purpose Behind The Innovative Design Of U-Shaped Public Toilet Seats

Thelma said: ‘He worked for the hat trade and if he was caught without his hat, he got fined half a crown. 

‘Many a time when we were courting I would find myself whisked down an entry because he’d seen them in the distance.’ 

Elma’s first husband Bill died soon after the war, while Thelma’s husband Joe was captured in Italy and became a prisoner of war.

The sisters said they always enjoyed a good night out and often went to nightclubs dancing. 

The twins said they did not always get along as well as they do now, saying they were close to ‘scratching one another’s eyes out sometimes’ in their younger days. 

At the age of 14, the sisters started working as packers and labellers at Smiths Crisps after asking if there were any jobs going on the way home from school (Thelma, left,  and Elma)

At the age of 14, the sisters started working as packers and labellers at Smiths Crisps after asking if there were any jobs going on the way home from school (Thelma, left,  and Elma)

The twins were born half an hour apart in Stockport in August 1919 (Twins, with older brother Robert)

The twins were born half an hour apart in Stockport in August 1919 (Twins, with older brother Robert)

It comes after Britain’s 12th oldest man turned 107 and revealed the breakfast that keeps him going on a daily basis. 

Leonard Howes, born in 1916, served in the Second World War and has seen five different monarchs during his lifetime.

Mr Howes has now received four cards from Buckingham Palace – one for his 100th, 105th birthday and every year after.

Leonard, the oldest person from his home city of Bristol, honoured his 107th birthday with all his family by his side.

Bristol City fan Len, as he is affectionately known by his family, left school aged 14 to train as a plumber. 

See also  did you know 'The Lion King' was a rip-off of the Japanese anime series 'Kimba'

Commenting on what has helped him live such a long life, his daughter-in-law, Carol Howes, said: ‘He puts his long life down to eating Shredded Wheat with full fat milk and plenty of sugar for as long as he can remember.’ 

Categories: Trending
Source: tit.edu.vn

Leave a Comment