It’s a special day when anyone reaches the age of 100, but there was double cause for celebration this week when identical twins Alice Sleaford and Mary Taylor saw in their centenary.
Four generations of their family were present at a party in the Manners Street Community Centre, Grantham, close to Alice’s home.
Mary, who travelled to the party on Wednesday from her home in West Bridgford said: “It is marvellous to be together at this age.”
And Alice described having everyone together as “the best present.”
The party, organised by Alice’s daughter Joan and son Michael, included an impressive cake and buffet, and in case the twins were in any doubt about the significance of their birthday they received cards from the Queen and were interviewed for local television.
Mary’s son Ken said: “A 100th birthday is very rare, and it’s absolutely marvellous for them both to be here to enjoy the day.”
There were also plenty of opportunities to reminisce, with photos of Alice and Mary when they were younger, although even they couldn’t make out who was who as babies.
Moreover, they have never known who is the eldest twin, only that they were born in Boston on June 4, 1914.
The sisters were brought up in Rauceby where they attended the village school, and say they were often mistaken for one another.
Mary said: “We have always stuck together” and indeed they were inseperable even when it came to work, with both of them taking jobs in the wards at Rauceby Psychiatric Hospital.
The sisters both married, Alice to Charles Sleaford and Mary to Harry Taylor, and have children, grandchildren and great-granchildren.
While they may not know who was the first to turn 100 on the day, it was clear that this didn’t matter to Alice and Mary, as they saw in their centenary hand in hand.