Famous? Shurrup! Beloved Tipton twins throw chippy party

By Megan Archer | Tipton | Sandwell entertainment | Published:

Orange chips and dancing grannies - could there be a better Black Country combination?

Tipton Twins Doris Hobday and Lilian Cox who have been entertained by the Fizzogs at Walker Grange in Tipton

Beloved 95-year-old Tipton twins Lilian Cox and Doris Hobday were at the centre of it all again this week – as they threw a chippy party for all their friends and neighbours.

The sisters have been on quite an adventure ever since finding their new found fame as the popular and loveable 'Instagrans'.

They have appeared on ITV show This Morning with Phil and Holly, which Lil said was "just lovely" and have also featured in national and local newspapers across the country.

And on Tuesday night they received a special delivery of 32 portions of fish and orange chips from Deano Gilbert at The Black Country Chippy.

The chip shop owner said he wanted to treat them as it was "nice to see the Black Country getting recognised". Lil and Doris also enjoyed a performance from the famous dancing grannies, the Fizzogs.

But how are the 95-year-old twins finding their own new found fame?

"It's never happened to me before," said Lil. "You can be at the bus stop or shopping and people will be staring at you."


Doris added: "Someone saw me standing at the bus stop and said you're famous ay you? I said shurrup!"

"I was shopping and a lady came up and asked if she could give me a kiss," said Lil. "And I thought what the bloody hell is going on here? So I said go on then, on the cheek. And she kissed Doris too."

But despite the stares, the pair are loving treating their friends and neighbours with the perks of being social media stars, and delighted in sharing 32 portions of chips around with the other residents at their sheltered accommodation.


Chip shop owner Deano had also brought over huge tubs of mushy peas, curry sauce and batter bits to share about.

But do Lil and Doris prefer orange chips to raw sausage meat?

"Absolutely not", they laughed.

Granddaughter Kerry Clarke said her grandmother and great aunt thought it would be nice to throw a little party for the other people living in their building, as some of them did not have any family.

She said: "It's really sweet as their fame has helped them share with their friends, which is what they want to do, rather than keep things for themselves.

"People just love them. I've even been asked if people can adopt them. Of course I say no!"

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

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