Doris and her sister Lil were the oldest identical twins in the U.K., whose secret to long life was “no sex and plenty of Guinness”.
Doris Hobday, one half of ‘Britain’s Oldest Twins’, has lost her battle to COVID-19 and passed away aged 96, her family has confirmed.
Doris and her sister Lil stole the hearts of the nation when they appeared on TV and declared that their secret to long life was “no sex and plenty of Guinness”.
The twins, from Tipton in the West Midlands, were well known for their positive outlook and sense of humour, which gained them an online following of over 20,000 people.
Sad news – the twins contracted COVID-19 in early January
Earlier this month, the twins were both admitted to hospital after contracting COVID-19, stating that they were “in shock” as they had abided by all the guidelines by staying inside and limiting the number of people they came into contact with.
In a post on their Facebook page on 4 January, they wrote, “We took a routine Covid test just before Christmas and it was negative. We have both stayed in over the Christmas period to keep safe and was lucky to have each other for company.
“A few days ago Doris had a high temperature and Lil had a cough, so we took a 2nd test and unfortunately the results came back positive.
“We are both in shock… we have been inside for most of 2020 sticking to all the rules and being careful, now this has happened and we can’t work out why or where we’ve picked it up from.”
Alongside their post encouraging people to follow the guidelines to keep their family and friends safe from the virus, Doris and Lil kept up their signature humour, writing, “We have said in the past if him up there wants us…. he’s going to have to run fast!”
Doris passed away on 5 January – the loss of a national treasure
Sadly Doris lost her battle with the virus, and in a Facebook post, her family announced,
“We apologise for not updating you all, but we’ve experienced a terrible few weeks…shortly after our last post Doris and Lil’s health deteriorated very quickly.
“We are devastated to announce that Doris didn’t make it…she passed away on Tuesday 5 January after a short stay in hospital. She was still running fast but unfortunately had some hurdles put in her way, and she wasn’t strong enough to fight Covid.
“We are aware they are both 96 years old, and we have been so lucky to have them in our lives for such a long time, but they were both still going strong before this virus got them… it’s just so cruel that Covid has stopped Doris like this.”
Sadly Doris’ vaccine letter arrived two days after her death.
Concluding their announcement, her family urged people to take the vaccine, which is currently being rolled out across the U.K. and Ireland, “If you are offered the vaccine, please take it, do not refuse it… Doris didn’t get this choice!”