Funeral for one of Britain's oldest identical twins stops at shop

Funeral for one of Britain’s oldest identical twins stops off at her favourite supermarket Asda where she was loyal customer for 20 years

  • Doris Hobday, 96, died after a two-week battle with coronavirus in January 
  • Funeral made a stop off at her favourite Asda supermarket in Tipton, West Mids. 
  • She shopped in the store for 20 years and even a 96th birthday shopping trip 
  • She and her twin sister Lillian Cox shot to fame for their positivity and humour

The funeral for one of Britain’s oldest identical twins stopped off at her favourite supermarket Asda where she was a loyal customer for 20 years. 

As part of the send off for Doris Hobday, who died in January after a two-week battle with coronavirus aged 96, shopped at the store in Great Bridge, Tipton, West Midlands, for decades.

She and her sister were such big fans of the store, last August supermarket bosses opened early and laid on a special Covid-friendly shopping trip for Doris and twin Lilian Cox as a 96th birthday present. 

The funeral for 96-year-old Doris Hobday took a longer route to stop off at her favourite Asda supermarket in Great Bridge, Tipton, West Midlands

So people could pay their respects to the much loved twin, her family decided to take a longer route and stop off at the store she had shopped in for 20 years 

The funeral also stopped outside the Kings Arms pub, where the twins used to visit, on the way to the church. Pictured: Lillian and Doris during their Asda birthday visit

In August supermarket bosses opened early and laid on a special Covid-friendly shopping trip for Doris and Lilian Cox as a 96th birthday present. Pictured: Lillian at Doris’s funeral today

Doris and her identical twin sister Lilian Cox became celebrities in their own right after stealing the hearts of the nation as Britain’s oldest identical twins.

They became popular figures online with their positive outlook on life and sense of humour.

Doris shot to fame beside her twin sister after saying the secret to their old age was ‘plenty of sex’ during an episode of Good Morning Britain. 

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, only limited numbers could attend Doris’s funeral, which saw her laid to rest with her husband Ray who she lost 11 years ago after 65 years of marriage.

To make it even more special, the family chose a longer route so people could pay their respects and stopped off at the supermarket. 

The route also included passing by the Kings Arms pub, where the twins used to visit, on the way to the church.

People gathered outside the stored socially distanced to pay their respects to the much-loved Doris, one of the oldest twins in Britain

Doris and her identical twin sister Lilian Cox (pictured) became celebrities in their own right after stealing the hearts of the nation as Britain’s oldest identical twins

At the funeral, Doris was laid to rest with her husband Ray who she lost 11 years ago after 65 years of marriage. Pictured: Lillian at the funeral today

Lillian’s granddaughter Kerry Clarke, from Hagley, Worcestershire said: ‘A lot of people have been asking what they can do in memory of Doris, whether it be light a candle or play a song at the same time.

‘What we are doing is to have a longer route to the church and people can stand on the street to see her off, as we can’t have hundreds attend her funeral.’

Lilian and Doris lived in the same street after getting married, worked together at an ale-making factory in Birmingham and more recently lived next to one another at sheltered accommodation in Tipton.

Doris (right) shot to fame beside her twin sister Lillian (left) after saying the secret to their old age was ‘plenty of sex’ during an episode of Good Morning Britain

The family hoped by extending route to the church for the funeral, everyone in the local area that was unable to attend due to Covid restrictions, could stand in the street and pay their respects. Pictured: Lillian at the funeral today

Lilian and Doris lived in the same street after getting married, worked together at an ale-making factory in Birmingham

Mrs Cox also tested positive for coronavirus last month. The twins were both admitted to hospital but Doris sadly died on January 5. 

It was the first time she had ever been admitted to hospital. Tragically just two days after her death, Doris’s vaccine appointment letter arrived in the post. 

Lillian has since been discharged from hospital.

She spoke to her sister over the phone, begging her to ‘fight for her life’, but was utterly heartbroken after learning of Doris’s death.  

More recently the pair lived next to one another at sheltered accommodation in Tipton before being admitted to hospital in January

The twins were both admitted to hospital but Doris sadly died on January 5. It was the first time she had ever been admitted to hospital. Pictured: Lillian at the funeral today

Late last month she appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain again with her great-grandson Brayden Clarke, and paid tribute to her sister, saying she was ‘the only one I ever had’.

Lilian had five children but raised them mainly as a single mum. She has 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. 

A fundraising page for the Beacon Centre for the Blind, a charity close to Doris’s heart as it supported Ray for 20 years, has raised nearly £6,000 in her memory.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/dorishobday.

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