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Betty Richards and Jenny Pelmore

Century Celebration

Twin sisters who have lived through five royal reigns are celebrating their 100th birthdays in Cornwall. Find out how they celebrated, and their thoughts on the secret to a long and happy life. Hear Issy Taylor's interview with the twins.

It has been an amazing life for two sisters who are celebrating their 100th birthdays.

The doctor who delivered Betty Richards and Jenny Pelmore arrived on horseback in Manchester in 1908.

The Twins

Back in the day - the young twins

The sisters, who now live one mile apart in Truro, are heading to Budapest to mark their centenaries.

"We have so many memories. I don't think I would change anything. The only horrible part was the last World War," says Jenny Pelmore.

Click on the link below to hear the twins in conversation with our reporter Issy Taylor:

The twins grew up in Kent with their three siblings and moved to Cornwall 52 years ago.

Betty Richards, who trained as a teacher and later became a beekeeper, has two children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jenny Pelmore trained as a secretary and took up painting later in life.

The sisters each received a message from the Queen for their New Year's Day birthday.

The birthday twins

The twins from Truro

"We do everything together now. We have lived through five reigns," smiles Jenny Pelmore.

"There's so many things happening so quickly now whereas everything was on bicycle, horseback or on foot when we were young. The doctor who came for our birth came on horseback."

On turning 100, Jenny Pelmore said she still looked forward to a lot of things and stayed optimistic.

"I think it is very necessary to keep going in life, to do things that are interesting, always have a hobby.

"There are lots of things to enjoy, the countryside and beauty everywhere. Live from day to day," Jenny said.

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