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Twins, 92, are reunited after being separated for a year by Covid lockdown

An inseparable twin brother and sister were heartwarmingly reunited at a care home after being separated for more than a year by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minnie and Patrick Speed, 92, from Hull, East Yorkshire, have spent their entire lives together but were separated for the first time in decades when the coronavirus crisis hit last year.

The close-knit siblings were finally reunited at Saltshouse Haven care home in Hull earlier this week after they were both given their Covid vaccines, HullLive reported.

Tearjerking footage shows the devoted twins finally getting to throw their arms around each other and hold hands for the first time in more than a year.

Minnie and Patrick Speed (pictured), 92, from Hull, Yorkshire, have spent their entire lives together but were separated for the first time in decades when the Covid crisis hit last year

In the clip, Patrick walks over to his sister with a nurse and the emotional twins share a kiss and a warm embrace as they are finally able to see each other in person again.

Patrick says: 'I haven't seen you in ages.'

While Minnie holds on to his hand tightly as she replies: 'I know.'

The uplifting moment, which was filmed in the garden of Saltshouse Haven care home, left the carers watching in floods of tears.

The twins, who are both married, have spent their entire lives together, apart from a two-year period when Patrick had to go to India during World War Two.

They have always lived just a few streets apart in Hull and even worked together for more than 40 years at paint manufacturers Blundell, Spence and Co. 

But the Covid crisis forced them to separate as they had to shield in their individual homes for months last year.

They were separately moved into Saltshouse Haven care home but were placed in different units and were not allowed to see each other due to strict safety rules in place to curb the spread of the virus.

But the close-knit siblings were finally reunited (pictured) at Saltshouse Haven care home in Hull this week after they were each given both their Covid vaccines

In heartwarming footage, Patrick is taken over to his sister by a nurse and the emotional twins share a kiss and hold hands (pictured) as they are finally able to see each other again

But Patrick and Minnie were finally allowed to reunite in the care home's garden earlier this week after they had both been fully vaccinated.

Speaking of the precious reunion, Minnie said: 'He cried when he saw me, both of us are just so happy to see each other again.'

While Patrick gushed: 'We've always lived close together, we worked together, except when I was posted to India. We were born together and we back together.' 

The care home's Activity Co-ordinator Sarah Patrick said the close-knit siblings are looking forward to spending more time together in the sunshine.

She also described the tender reunion as the most emotional thing she had seen in a long time, saying that the three members of staff watching were all in tears. 

Sarah added: 'It was just a lovely moment full of joy and happiness.' 

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