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A pair of 92-year-old twins are "full of joy" at being reunited after being separated for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Minnie Walsh and Patrick Speed, from Hull, East Yorkshire, were apart for the first time in decades when the coronavirus crisis hit last year.

Before that the siblings, who are both married, had spent their entire lives close to each other, apart from a two-year period when Patrick had to go to India during the World War Two.

The close-knit brother and sister were finally reunited at Saltshouse Haven care home in Hull earlier this week after they were both given their Covid vaccines.

Twins Minnie and Patrick Speed, 92, at their reunion
(Image: Hull Daily Mail / MEN Media)

Patrick said: "Life is back to normal now as we've always been together and always lived close together, we were born together and we are back together."

It was an emotional reunion for the twins who found the experience of being apart for such a long time.

Minnie added: "We cried when we saw each other. We accepted it, as we had to, but it's great to see him again. We are full of joy to be back together after such a long year."

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Footage of their reunion showed Patrick walking over to his sister with a nurse before the pair shared a kiss and a warm embrace.

It was a moment which brought tears to the eyes of their carers, who witnessed the tender moment.

Staff decided to bring them together after learning they were living in the same home but in different units.

The twins were reunited after being separated for more than a year due to the pandemic
(Image: PA)

The devoted twins had their first hug in over a year after being apart during the Covid crisis
(Image: Hull Daily Mail / MEN Media)

Liza Beukes, managing director of parent company We Care Group, said: "Minnie and Patrick's reunion was a very emotional moment that has left all those watching with tears in their eyes.

"As soon as we learned that Minnie and Patrick were twins living in the same home but separate units, we decided to move them together.

"A very much needed moment of joy after such a long and difficult year for our residents."

Minnie and Patrick Speed share an embrace
(Image: Sarah Patrick / SWNS)

Twins Patrick and Minnie were overjoyed to see each other after a year apart
(Image: PA)

The care home said it was good for emotional wellbeing to be reunited with each other.

It prompted tears from everyone who witnessed their reunion.

Many families and brothers and sisters have been apart because of different restrictions in the four nations which for a long time travel curbs were in place and specific rules existed in care homes.

The bond of twins, who shared a womb together grew up as siblings, is extremely close and means reunions are very special.

The care home's activity co-ordinator Chantelle Musgrove said: "It was really nice to see, I didn't expect everyone to cry. It was nice to know they have normality.

"It's important for people's emotional wellbeing to reunite with siblings and family members."