Exmouth twin sisters celebrate 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:07 24 April 2015

Twin sisters, Dorrie Kempsell and Ivy Peck, celebrate their 100th birthdays at Manor Lodge Residential Home. Ref exe 3536-16-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Twin sisters, Dorrie Kempsell and Ivy Peck, celebrate their 100th birthdays at Manor Lodge Residential Home. Ref exe 3536-16-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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A double celebration and cards from the Queen marked the 100th birthday of twin sisters from Exmouth.

Liverpool-born Dorrie Kempsell and Ivy Peck, who have lived in Exmouth for around 40 years, celebrated their birthday together at Manor Lodge care home with a tea party surrounded by friends and family.

Dorrie, who has spent most of her life living with her sister, said the day was ‘magical’.

She said the key to long life was to ‘look on the brighter side of life’ and to never lose your sense of humour.

Dorrie said: “We had good plain food, a happy childhood and three big brothers to look after us. We have been very fortunate.”

Dorrie worked at the Cooperative Society until she was married and Ivy was trained in shorthand.

The twins used to holiday in Exmouth as children. When the sisters retired, they moved to Ottery St Mary.

They relocated to Exmouth four years later and when two rooms next to each other came available at Manor Lodge in late 2010, they snapped them up.

A spokesman for the care home said: “The staff and residents at Manor Lodge find them both charming ladies. They have completely different characters.

“They are a delight to care for and are always very welcoming to any new residents who join us.”

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