Burnley identical twins celebrate 90th birthday

Twin sisters Gwen Latham and Nellie Simpson celebrate their 90th birthday.'Photo Ben Parsons
Twin sisters Gwen Latham and Nellie Simpson celebrate their 90th birthday.'Photo Ben Parsons

A DOUBLE celebration saw Burnley sisters marking their 90th birthdays together.

Identical twins Gwennie Latham and Nellie Simpson celebrated the special day surrounded by friends and family.

The pair, who both live in Harle Syke, enjoyed a party with more than 60 guests coming to wish them well.

Flowers, cards and cakes were brought round by friends including members of Hill Lane Baptist Church, where Gwennie and Nellie attend.

The sisters received more than £350 in birthday donations which will be given to Pendleside Hospice.

Alan Scholes, Nellie’s son-in-law, said: “They have had a lovely birthday. We had an open house and around 60 or 70 people came round. Some people they had not seen for years. They have had a lot of flowers and gifts from people.”

Nellie and Gwennie were born in an old grocery shop in Harle Syke and have lived in the area ever since. The pair worked in the weaving mills of Harle Syke and were among the last workers at the famous Queen Street Mill.

Gwennie married and had a daughter – Pauline – and now has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The two sisters have always been musical and are both accomplished pianists. In their younger days, they performed together at concert parties with Gwennie singing soprano and Nellie singing alto.