90 year old twins George Best and Coral Peters celebrate their birthday at the Yandina pub.
90 year old twins George Best and Coral Peters celebrate their birthday at the Yandina pub. John McCutcheon

Best twins in Yandina

A SLICE of Yandina's history was served up in February, in the form of birthday cake.

George Best and his sister Coral Peters turned 90 on Sunday, February 26, and celebrated the occasion with more than 40 close family members.

The twins were born to Norman Howard Best and Ivy Fredericka Sommers, from two prominent families in Yandina's rich history.

The Sommers family is best known for running the Yandina Hotel and Yandina House, while the Best family had a dairy farm on the site where Fairhill Nursery stands today.

As two of the three survivors of their generation, originally of eight siblings, George and Coral fondly recall their days of growing up in Yandina.

 

TWICE THE HISTORY: Twins George Besst and Coral Peters celebrate their 90th birthday this weekend, continuing the legacy of the Best and Sommers' families in Yandina.
TWICE THE HISTORY: Twins George Besst and Coral Peters celebrate their 90th birthday this weekend, continuing the legacy of the Best and Sommers' families in Yandina. Contributed

George said he used to deliver papers as a kid.

"We did the paper run around Yandina for years," he said.

"No boots and frosty mornings.

"Two and six a week we used to get."

He also recalled the games they used to play.

"We used to get around and cut ourselves jumping sticks.

"Everyone had a pole- vaulting stick back then.

"We got up on roofs and everything."

His sister Coral said for all the mischief they got up to, they also knew the rules.

"We jolly well knew we had to be home by dark, and do what we were told to do," she said.


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