THEY were adopted separately at birth.
Then for the next 67 years these twin sisters never saw each other - despite living just three miles apart in South Yorkshire.
Judith and Jennifer Walton’s story begins when they were given up by their unmarried mum Eva in 1943.
In the years that followed their paths were to cross many times - but the penny never dropped that they were twin sisters.
Without either of them knowing, they shared the same doctor and dentist and their children and grandchildren were members of the same drama group.
Jen worked for 40 years in the Rotherham town centre Boots store - the same store where Judith, renamed Kath by her adoptive parents, got her prescriptions.
Jen’s husband Howard also attended the same schools as Kath, in the year below her, and a workmate of Jen’s was pals with Kath.
But the twins never twigged they were so close and shared so much in common.
The twins have been brought together by new ITV1 series Long Lost Family, which is hosted by Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall.
Their emotional story is to be told in the show’s first episode on ITV at 9pm on April 21.
Following a tearful reunion Jen, of Church View, Thrybergh, said she had often dreamed of one day finding her sister.
But because it never happened she thought her twin must be living in Australia.
Jen said: “When I found she was round the corner, I felt so happy.
“Now we see each other every week and pop round to each other’s home for cups of tea.”
Delighted Kath, of Eastwood Mount, Clifton, added: “Last year we celebrated our joint birthday together, with our families. I couldn’t wish for more.” Mum-of-three Jen had first tried 14 years ago to trace Kath through social services, without success.
But the TV team had more success and set up an emotional first meeting at Clifton Park bandstand - where the twins had both played as kids.
“Married mum-of-two Kath said: “It was wonderful. I saw her coming and wanted to run, then we hugged.
“We couldn’t take our eyes off each other. I kept asking her questions.
“I have photos Jenni has given me of Mum and have learned about her.
“If Jenni and I had been children together we would have been double trouble. But we can still make mischief together.”
Kath was told at 21 that she had been adopted - but did not know about her twin.
Jen added: “I had seen a clairvoyant who told me, ‘You are a twin and will find her. She lives near a church where the wall is falling down’ - and it’s all true!”
“As every event passed - my wedding, giving birth - I thought, ‘My sister should be here’.
“I looked for her and if I saw someone who looked like me.
“I’d hide behind a supermarket shelf and send my husband over to look.”