Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday With 108-Year-Old Sister By Her Side
Generally you'd expect the host of a milestone 100th birthday bash to be the most senior person in attendance.
Not if you're singer Lil Thomas. She celebrated turning 100 with a special guest of honour by her side - her 108-year-old big sis Amy Winifred Hawkin, known as 'Win'.
Together, the pair are Britain's oldest sisters, with a combined age of 208.
The powerhouse Welsh siblings, who toasted Lil's birthday at a party held by staff at her care home, have received no less than six birthday cards from the Queen.
Singing and performing is in the sisters' blood. Raised in Pillgwenlly in Newport, Wales, they performed on stage at Newport's Empire Theatre in their younger years.
Lil had a musical ear and strong voice, while Win had dance skills.
Between them, the pair could sing, tap dance and play the accordion, while Win, who was part of a dance group, scooped the title of 'the highest kicker in Wales'.
In an interview with the BBC, Lil said: "I was fortunate to have a pitch perfect voice at the age of two. It was like Katherine Jenkins, but just not trained."
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The sisters grew up in a big family, alongside six brothers, who served in the Navy during World War Two.
Lil has led a full life. She was the first female bus conductor in Wales, and for a time relocated to South Africa with her husband Donald, a deputy post master.
When the couple returned to the UK, Lil became caretaker of the Bridge Inn pub in Luangwa near Usk, Monmouthshire, a job she held for 12 years.
Lil's love of entertaining never died, and throughout her life she performed at local get-togethers and charity events. She continued singing well into 90s.
The 100-year-old has a positive outlook on life. 'It's no good not smiling," she says. "I've had a life very few have had, and I've enjoyed every moment. I'm the luckiest woman in the world.'
Even now, despite a touch of arthritis, Lil likes to get up out of her seat at Willowbrook care home in Bettws, Newport, to enjoy a dance.
With Win turning 109 next month, Lil may be having a boogie soon. Could there be another letter from Buckingham Palace in the post?
These two give us all the sister goals. When we grow up, we want to be like Lil and Win.
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