Still a double act after 90 years – the twins who stay close after all this time

Twins Ray Spencer and Dorothy Bowles celebrate their 90th birthday - pictured here in Stoke Mandeville with (l-r) Claire Seckington (g'daughter of Ray), Anne Seckington (daughter of Ray), Janice Bowles (daughter of Dorothy) and Karen Christian (daughter of Dorothy)
Twins Ray Spencer and Dorothy Bowles celebrate their 90th birthday - pictured here in Stoke Mandeville with (l-r) Claire Seckington (g'daughter of Ray), Anne Seckington (daughter of Ray), Janice Bowles (daughter of Dorothy) and Karen Christian (daughter of Dorothy)

TWIN brother and sister Ray Spencer and Dorothy Bowles have celebrated their 90th birthday surrounded by their families.

The siblings, who were brought up in Thame, met at Ray’s home near Aylesbury on Thursday to enjoy the day with a birthday cake and visits from lots of relations.

Mr Spencer’s daughter Anne Seckington, says: “They enjoyed their day together. All the family called in at different times, including their cousin Alice.

“They have always been close and see quite a bit of each other.”

Mr Spencer and Mrs Bowles were born at a maternity home in Oxford. They lived with their parents Harold and Edith in North Street, Thame, before moving to Wellington Street in the town.

They attended John Hampden School in Park Street, then The National School in Southern Road. After leaving school Mr Spencer joined The Boys Service before joining the regular army where he served for 14 years.

Mrs Bowles worked for a scientific instrument factory making spirit levels for aircraft during the war.

The siblings both met their spouses at dances in Thame. Mr Spencer and his wife had two children and Mrs Bowles and her husband had three children.

They also each have two grandchildren.