Harborough sisters now thought to be oldest in the country!

Gladys Merrett (who died in 2000 aged in her 80s), Dorothy Thompson, Lilian Brown, Sylvia Strurgess and Ellen George
Gladys Merrett (who died in 2000 aged in her 80s), Dorothy Thompson, Lilian Brown, Sylvia Strurgess and Ellen George

The Clarke sisters featured in the Mail last week are now believed to be the oldest group of four siblings in Britain, we can reveal.

And they are only a matter of months away from being the oldest four siblings to ever live in this country.

A spokesman for Guinness World Records has now urged the family to get in touch.

The oldest of the four sisters, three of whom live in Market Harborough, told the Mail this week: “Never! Well, I’m very proud.

“We had no idea about this.

“It would be lovely for us to be in the Guinness Book of Records.”

The four surviving Clarke sisters were born in Northampton, before and just after the First World War.

The eldest is Lilian (Ann) Brown, who celebrated her 103rd birthday in Harborough earlier this month.

Her sisters Dorothy Thompson (96) and Sylvia Sturgess (91) both live in Market Harborough and a fourth sister, Dorothy’s twin Ellen George (96), lives in Northampton.

The Guinness World Records spokesman asked the family to provide documents.

He said the highest combined age ever recorded for four British siblings was 388 years ten months, achieved by the Stepham family.

The combined age of the four Clarke sisters is just under 388 years, when you include the months.

They could pass the record in just three months’ time.