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Vera Green and Lynne Pickering

There’s no such thing as sibling rivalry when it comes to sisters Vera Green and Lynne Pickering.

In fact, they get on so well, the pair now live just a few doors from each other in our aged miners homes in Pelton.

Vera and Lynne (they like to joke their mum had a sense of humour when it came to naming them) were both on our waiting list and were particularly interested in our homes in Pelton, having been brought up in the area.

Lynne was keen to move from her privately rented home which was proving expensive, but Vera was given first preference due to the points scoring system we use when allocating homes.

However, in a selfless gesture, Vera asked if her sister could have the home herself, so Lynne moved into her new one-bedroom home in December 2016.

Then, another house in the row became vacant and six months later, Vera moved in to her home, meaning the sisters are now separated by just one property.

Vera, 74, and Lynne, 69, both agree is the best move they have made.

Vera says: “In my case, it meant I could sell my previous house which had become to big for me and with some of the money I was able to help my grand-daughter put a deposit down on her own house.

“It really is lovely here and being so close to Lynne is fantastic as we are as thick as thieves.”

Lynne says: “Vera made a sacrifice when she gave up her home for me, but it both worked out for us in the end and we couldn’t be happier.”

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