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Five generations of Blackburn family finally meet
FIVE generations of women were able to come together for the first time on a recent family visit.
Blackburn woman Frances Ellen Thomson welcomed a very special guest into her Little Harwood home this weeked.
The 91-year-old former factory worker was able to proudly pose with her six week old great great grandaughter Ava-Mae.
Ava-Mae was also welcomed into the fold by her grandmother Adrienne Middleton, 49, who had made a 200 mile journey from her home in the West Country especially for the get together.
The group was completed by Ava-Mae’s mum Natalie Walker, 27, from Darwen, and Ava’s great grandmother Frances Dean, a former Blackburn Council worker and Crown Paints employee.
Frances, 91, a former embroiderer who made men’s ties, was said to be delighted to meet the latest member of the family.
Legal secretary Adrienne said: “It was just so wonderful to get together and we had been hoping for a baby girl.
“The strange thing is the men definitely outnumber us in the family, we have loads of brothers and uncles. Now we have a complete set – a girl in every generation.
“My grandmother was absolutely thrilled to have us all together. I made the trip up, obviously to see Ava but also so we could do this for her and she was just really touched.”
Little Ava-Mae Rhodes is not the last thing the family will be celebrating in the near future.
Another excuse to have a get together is on the horizon as her parents plan to tie the knot.
Natalie, a nursery officer at St Mary’s College is currently planning her wedding to Colne abbatoir worker Ben Rhodes, 30.