Twins celebrate milestone birthday after 40 years working together

Twins celebrate milestone birthday after 40 years working together

TWINS who have worked together at a Dewsbury furniture company for over four decades between them have celebrated a milestone birthday.

Friends and colleagues at Jay-Be in Thornhill Lees threw a 70th birthday party for Mary Bennett and Irene Jackson.

They started their careers together as seamstresses at an underwear company before Irene left for a job in upholstery.

But they were reunited again when they joined the sewing room team at Jay-Be years later.

Mary and Irene still work 20 hours a week and say they don’t plan on slowing down any time soon.

Known as ‘the twins’, they admitted that people sometimes get them mixed up – even though they’re not identical.

Irene said: “Sometimes people say ‘morning Mary’ when I know they mean me, but I just go with it, everybody means well.”

Roger Durrans, managing director at Jay-Be, said: “Irene and Mary are well-loved members of the team. 

“Everyone at Jay-Be would like to wish them a wonderful 70th birthday and thank them for their valuable contribution over the years, and for the fantastic work they continue to do.”

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