Fifth female line of Heage gran’s family

Newborn Lily Mai Allen is the fifth generation of women alive in her family.

Weighing in at just under eight pounds, she makes Rosemary Fearn of Booth Gate, Heage, a proud great grandmother at just 66.

Four of the five generations are pictured here at the Belper View Nursing Home, Belper, on Saturday.

Retired grandmother Rosemary Fearn said the baby is going to inherit the family’s love of the great outdoors and has her mother’s mouth and nose.

She said: “Anything to do with farming - any form of outdoor living we all love.

“We live on a small-holding ourselves, we are very natural people.”

Young Lilly Mai Allen comes into the world with her great great grandmother still alive.

Her mother is Samantha Fearn, 18, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, her grandmother is Susan fearn, 40, also of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, her great grandmother is Rosemary Fearn of Heage.

And her great, great grandmother is 92-year-old Joan Hopkins, who is currently residing at the Belper View nursing home, on Cromford Road, in Belper.

Joan, who could not appear on the picture here due to a spell of ill health, is responsible for the family’s love of the great outdoors, Rose said.

Joan and her husband Frank, who died 30 years ago, used to rear poultry at their home in Eastbourne before moving to Derbyshire, where she worked at Milford House care home and Makeney Hospital.

Frank worked as a policeman.

The couple had nine children together, seven of which were girls.

Sadly their daughters Sandra and Sheila passed away five and 30 years ago respectively.

Baby Lily Mai could also be set to take up her the family’s love of line dancing.

Her mother, three aunties and sprightly great grandma Rose, all go to lessons in Somercotes every Tuesday.

And Rose said the youngster, born on Monday, April 23, is bound to be the centre of attention among the family with a strong female gene.

“Any special occasions we all get together, we like to celebrate!” She said.