Whyalla's oldest twins celebrate 90 years

DECADES OF LOVE: Margaret Higgins and Rosemary Ryan (nee Marks) celebrated their 90th birthday surrounded by family and friends. Photo: supplied.

DECADES OF LOVE: Margaret Higgins and Rosemary Ryan (nee Marks) celebrated their 90th birthday surrounded by family and friends. Photo: supplied.

The oldest twins in Whyalla certainly aren't letting their age stop them from continuing their volunteer work in the community.

In fact, when the Whyalla News tracked them down for an interview, the 90-year-old duo of Margaret Higgins and Rosemary Ryan (nee Marks) were selling raffle tickets for Heartbeat outside of Foodland Whyalla.

The twins were born in Penong Hospital and moved to Whyalla in 1941 at age 10. Since then they have been devoted to supporting community organisations through fundraising efforts for over 50 years.

Those organisations include SIDS, Heartbeat, Meals on Wheels, Red Shied Appeal, Pink Ladies, West Whyalla Football Club, Blood Bank, and many, many more.

"It's great, we love seeing people we know and talking to them ... you get to catch up with people you don't see that often," Rosemary said.

"We get a lot of joy out of it, you know the work is going to a good place like the equipment purchased by Heartbeat is going to the Whyalla Hospital."

Margaret and Rosemary celebrated their 90th birthday on September 7 at the West Whyalla clubrooms, and their children and grandchildren attended to make the occasion special for both.

If there's any testament to their fame in Whyalla, it's that it was once suggested a statue be built of the twins to celebrate their dedication to the community.

"Someone did say to us once that they should make a statue of us," Margaret said.

The twins find that they are still close after all these years despite living further away from one another than they used to.

"Whyalla is a very friendly place, I wouldn't want to leave," Rosemary said.