'Hard work and good food is our secret'
These non identical twins recently celebrated their 100th birthday in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, in the English Midlands, where they live.
This picture was taken almost one century ago. Irene Crump and Phyllis Jones were little babies. They were born 25 minutes apart on November 20, 1916. The twin girls are pictured with their mother.
Here they are pictured at age four with their older sister, Dorothy, who lived into her ninties.
Irene is the second from the right and Phyllis Jones the third from left. It was their older sister Dorothy's wedding day.
The younger of the twins, Irene (right), said: 'We often celebrate our special birthdays together, and we had a lovely day. We celebrated our 90th together, and last year we celebrated our 99th birthday too. Hard work and good food is our secret, that's all I can put it down to.'
They were both married. Irene's husband Samuel died in 1999 and lived well into his 90s, and Phyllis' husband, Ray Jones, died aged 91 in 2006. Irene never had any children, Phyllis' only son, Carl Jones, helps care for them both, especially now that Phyllis has vascular dementia.
They twins live together. Carl said, 'They get on well but they do have their moments - but that's going to happen whether they're 100 or 20!' 'They're totally different though - Auntie Rene has always been very methodical and careful, but Mum always races around doing things.'
The pair are thought to be one of just six sets of 'centenarian' twins in the UK and go out for lunch most Fridays at the Lenchford Inn, where they celebrated their birthday.
Instead of presents, they asked for donations for the air ambulance. Irene said: 'We didn't want presents, we just wanted donations. We haven't got all the money in yet but we think we've done pretty well, it's a cause close to our heart.'