Remarkable twin sisters set to party

LOOKING FORWARD TO THEIR BIRTHDAY PARTY -- twin sisters Sybil and Florence -- DISPIC NHUD11-3066-1.
LOOKING FORWARD TO THEIR BIRTHDAY PARTY -- twin sisters Sybil and Florence -- DISPIC NHUD11-3066-1.

A SPECIAL party is to be held in honour of inspirational twin sisters from Hucknall who are about to celebrate their landmark 86th birthdays.

Sybil Bywater and Florence Gilder were born on November 24 1925 in Bulwell.

Sybil remained living in Bulwell and then Hucknall, while Florence, after getting married, lived in other parts of Nottinghamshire.

Now the sisters have been reunited as residents of the Silverdale Care Home in Hucknall. Both are widows.

Sybil, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, has lived at Silverdale for four years. Florence, who previously lived in warden-aided accommodation on Naomi Court, Bulwell. moved in in July after suffering two strokes.

But despite their health problems, both tackle life with a smile on their faces.

To mark their birthdays, the duo will be guests of honour at a birthday bash on Thursday (November 24) at the home on Nottingham Road.

Family members, including Sybil and Florence’s 84-year-old brother, Jack, will help them celebrate.

Sybil’s daughter, Marilyn Epton, said: “There can’t be too many twin sisters who are their age.

“Aunty Flo is the eldest by 15 minutes. They always joked that when my grandad found out he was father to twins, he told the midwife to put one back!”

Sybil and Florence were born to Clarence and Emma Ball, of Marton Road, Bulwell Hall Estate, and went to Coventry Road School in the town.

The twins worked together at the Vernon Road Bleaching and Dying Company in Basford for a time.

Sybil marrried Walter Bywater in 1947 and they were married for 49 years until Walter, who was an ex-Newstead miner, died in 1996.

The couple lived on Broxtowe Drive in Hucknall and then Annesley Road in the town.

Sybil worked at Nottingham City Hospital for 36 years, firstly as a cleaner and then as an auxiliary nurse, including a time on the maternity ward. She helped deliver one of her own grand-daughters.

Sybil and Walter had three children, Marilyn, Christine Dixon and Julie Blythin. There are now four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Florence was married to Horace Bywater for 44 years until he died in 1992. They didn’t have any children.

She worked as a machinist and a sorter at a sock factory for more than 30 years.