Twin sisters Ella Hutchinson and Nora Bartley will be celebrating their 95th birthday early this year by receiving the VIP treatment when Disney On Ice comes to Tyneside on 2 October.
The twins, who live next door to each other in Longbenton, Newcastle, have been avid Disney fans all of their lives, and have delighted in passing this passion on to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ella and Nora were born in 1923, just five years before Walt Disney created the ‘True Original’ Mickey Mouse.
2018 is a very special year for Mickey Mouse who is celebrating his 90th anniversary, and audiences at this year’s ice show will be treated to a special pre-show celebration of the world’s most famous mouse, before enjoying an all-new ice show – Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.
Ella and Nora have enjoyed annual visits to Disney On Ice at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena for the last 30 years; a very special yearly treat the young-at-heart twins very much look forward to.
As such loyal and dedicated fans, on this special birthday year they have been invited to be VIP guests on the opening night of Disney On Ice presents Dream Big, where they will enjoy rink side seats along with Ella’s eldest granddaughter Debi and great grandson Baran, as well as attending a pre-show party and meeting some of the stars of the show.
The twins left school aged 14, and spent their teenage years working at Vickers Armstrong engineering works in the armaments department during the Second World War.
As a young woman Ella worked for Berger paints as a delivery driver, and in 1977 she ran the kitchen at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital until she retired in 1985, while Nora worked for UBA making sofas.
When their husbands died over 25 years ago, the sisters moved into bungalows next to each other so they could support one another. The sisters are highly independent and enjoy spending time with their extended family which includes two children each, eight grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren between them.
Nora and Ella love to read, and enjoy television, and are huge fans of Coronation Street and NCIS, as well as being life-long supporters of NUFC.
“I know that Nora and I are very lucky indeed, we have good health and we are able to live independent lives, but we also have each other and our extended family to provide support. We are absolutely delighted to be getting the VIP treatment this year at Disney On Ice, and can’t wait to see the show and celebrate along with Mickey Mouse. We could probably still give him a run for his money on the dance floor – but maybe not on an ice rink!”
Steven Armstrong, Europe North Vice President for Feld Entertainment, producers of Disney On Ice, added:
“It has been delightful to hear Ella and Nora’s story, they really are Disney On Ice super fans and it’s a joy to hear that their extended family all enjoy our ice shows as much as the family’s matriarchs. We look forward to giving the ladies the VIP treatment, and to capturing some magical moments for their families to treasure.”