Plymouth twins celebrate their 90th birthday
IDENTICAL and inseparable – twins Fred and Albert Trethewey have celebrated their 90th birthdays together.
The brothers who live in Torpoint were born in Millbrook on December 4, 1922, to parents Emmie and James.
The pair attended Millbrook and Fourlanesend school.
Then, in 1938 just before the outbreak of World War II, aged just 15-and-a-half, they joined the RAF and served a two-year apprenticeship at Halton.
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After passing out the pair served in several places throughout the UK including Cardiff and Scotland.
As aircraft engine fitters, Fred and Albert were posted overseas serving "everywhere" including Deli, Bombay and Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan.
"Albert went to Bombay and I went to Karachi. We were back together for a while then I went to Bombay and Albert to Karachi," says Fred.
"The temperatures got so hot we had a fortnight in the hills, right up in the hills, to get rid of prickly heat – a terrible thing where you come out in a rash."
Fred added: "We went through some rough times in India, what with the War and the diseases you catch. We've both had our knees done."
Following 12 years' service in the RAF, the duo returned home and worked for their brother-in-law who owned the Millbrook Steam Boat company.
In the 1950s, Fred married Betty Williams and they had two boys, Jim and John, followed by six grandchildren.
Betty passed away 10 years ago and Albert, who never married, moved in with Fred in Millbrook where the 90-year-old twins say they do "everything together".
Fred added: "We are lucky to have each other, it's a lovely thing, we never feel lonely."
The twins are the last surviving siblings, and had three sisters Winifred, Doreen and Margery.
Fred and Albert had a party to celebrate their 90th birthday and Fred's sons John, aged 50 and Jim, aged 55, have planned a surprise in Plymouth for the Torpoint twins.