Baby Aliyza makes it five gen­er­a­tions

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY PADDY SHENNAN paddy.shennan@reach.com @Pad­dyShen­nan

MEET the mag­nif­i­cent Mersey­side fam­ily that has just wel­comed its fan­tas­tic fifth gen­er­a­tion.

Christina Seddon, 80, from Boo­tle, is now a great, great grand­mother fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Aliyza Irvine, who will be four weeks old on Fri­day.

And to cel­e­brate the great-great news, she lined up five gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily mem­bers for a very special fam­ily photo.

Christina, who was one of nine, and has nine chil­dren, 20 grand­chil­dren and 11 great grand­chil­dren, as well as her great, great grand­child, was joined by her el­dest daugh­ter, Chris­tine Wil­liams, 60; who was joined by her el­dest daugh­ter, Sarah Irvine, 38; who was joined by her el­dest daugh­ter, Lois Irvine, 20 – mum of baby Aliyza.

New gran Sarah, who has two chil­dren, and one sis­ter and two broth­ers, said: “We make the Wal­tons look like quite a small fam­ily!”

Great gran Chris­tine is the el­dest of nine and has four chil­dren and six grand­chil­dren – and an­other one on the way!

She added: “There is never a dull mo­ment and no one is ever on their own. Most of the fam­ily live in Boo­tle and I live just down the road in Wal­ton – but work as a bar­maid at The Hawthorne pub in Boo­tle.”

New mum Lois, who has a sis­ter, Chloe, said: “I’ve got loads of sup­port from every­one in the fam­ily – and every­one just loves Aliyza.

“I’ll cer­tainly have a lot of babysit­ters!”

And she said of her part­ner Jor­dan: “He’s up the wall with all the women in the fam­ily!”

Great great gran Christina, whose hus­band, Ge­orge died 14 years ago, said the strong fam­ily bonds have health-giv­ing prop­er­ties.

She explained: “It’s fan­tas­tic hav­ing such a big fam­ily be­cause they all help keep me young – that and the danc­ing!”

This is con­firmed by a laugh­ing Sarah, who said: “Nan is known as ‘Lecky legs’!”

And she added: “We are a dead close fam­ily and we spend a lot of time to­gether – we don’t need a special event or cel­e­bra­tion to be with each other.

“We’re of­ten here at Nan’s, and she will al­ways have a big spread on the ta­ble. We’re al­ways so­cial­is­ing.”

Chris­tine added: “Fam­ily is so im­por­tant to us all and it’s so lovely to now be able to wel­come an­other gen­er­a­tion.”

The last word goes to great-great gran Christina, who said: “I love them all so much and they love me, and tell me so all the time – they keep me go­ing!”

Five gen­er­a­tions of the Seddon fam­ily: from left, Aliyza Irvine, one month old; mum Lois Irvine, 20; Sarah Irvine, 38; Chris­tine Wil­liams, 60; and Christina Seddon 80, also left with Aliyza

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