Gravesend’s tiny twins celebrate 60th birthday

PUBLISHED: 10:42 28 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:42 28 July 2016

One of the original news stories to feature Lorraine and Valerie

One of the original news stories to feature Lorraine and Valerie


Six decades on from featuring on our front page, the Northfleet sisters celebrated this week

Valerie FisherValerie Fisher

Twins who were once in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s tiniest twins celebrated their 60th birthdays this week.

While Frankie Lymons and The Teenagers’ Why do Fools Fall in Love was topping the charts, record-breakers Lorraine Pink and Valerie Fisher featured on the front cover of The Reporter back in 1956.

Weighing a combined total of three pounds and 15 ounces, the twins were born into the record books on July 27, and appeared on our front page again in their teens.

The twins kept their record-breaking quiet, until Lorraine’s daughter Michelle discovered some old newspaper cuttings.

Lorraine PinkLorraine Pink

Miss Pink said: “My nan passed the pictures and the old newspapers down to us.

“I remember looking through them when I was still a teenager, and you start wondering if you’ll be next to have twins, but so far no one else in the family has had any.

“If all babies were that small I’d have them all the time!”

Between them, the former St John’s Roman Catholic Comprehensive School students have five children and six grandchildren.

Sixty years on, and Lorraine’s daughter Michelle is looking forward to celebrating her mother and aunt’s birthday.

The birthday girls, who still live in Northfleet, have invited family and friends from across the country.

The mum-of-one said: “There’s over 100 people coming, from as far as Leicester and Brighton.

“Me and my brother Keiron bought my mum a special present for her birthday to celebrate. Then she said she wanted to have a party, so she and my aunt organised a one – any excuse for a party!”

The siblings also treated each other to a trip up the Shard to celebrate.

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