Baby Aliyza makes it five generations
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