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Oldest twins celebrate 100th birthday

10-03-2010 10:20 BJT

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The world's oldest twins have celebrated their 100th birthday among a gathering of friends and family in the Belgian town of Spa.

The Guinness Book of World Records earlier had listed two French women, Raymonde and Lucienne, as the oldest twins.

But they had only reached 98 when they celebrated their birthdays this year. Later, a local French web site said they received a note from a man saying his twin aunts, born in 1910, were still alive and kicking.

What's behind their longevity could it be the therapeutic waters of Spa that has kept these two Belgian women alive for so long?

Marie and Gabrielle are the twin sisters of the century.

But the two sisters did not spend all their lives here.

Their father originally lived in a town north of Paris before moving to Belgium.

Celebrating their 100th birthday in their retirement home in the Belgian town of Spa on Saturday, they are most likely the oldest twin sisters in the world.

Neither of them had children but around 150 people came to celebrate their birthday,

Belgian media are proudly reporting that their very own Marie and Gabrielle are the oldest twins in the world and on record, even though they were born in France.

The Guinness Book of Records said Marie and Gabrielle would have to register with them first in order to be judged by their panel.

But the sisters said they are not very interested in records.

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