An IRONVILLE family will be celebrating this Christmas after a newborn girl made it the fifth generation still alive in the family.
Grace Sharpe was born on September 13 this year, weighing nearly seven pounds.
And the tot will be the centre of attention this festive season as five generations of the female side of the family line is still alive.
Because her Essex-based great, great gran Sheila Gardner, 86, lives more than 150 miles away, this week marked the first time the whole family had managed to get together.
Grace’s 19-year-old mother Louise Warriner, from Market Street in Ironville, said her baby can expect to be the centre of attention this Christmas.
She said: “It’s awesome being part of a big family, you get so much support from them – with having a family that goes way back like ours you become so close.”
And Grace’s family have remained close in more than one sense. Her grandmother Claire Warriner, 40, hosting Christmas this year, and great grandmother, Iris Barnes, 63, live within a three-minute walk of each other.
Retired Iris, from Victoria Street, Ironville, said a love of knitting puzzles runs in the family. And Grace can expect to inherit some evergreen genes if great, great gran Sheila is anything to go by.
Iris said: “My mother said to me I’m not going anywhere until I get a telegram from the Queen.
“She’s 86 going on 20!”