Five generations of Blackburn family finally meet

This Is Lancashire: Five generations met in Little Harwood when great great grandmother Frances Ellen Thomson, 91, invited her daughter Frances Dean (left), 71,  now a great grandmother, Frances's daughter Adrienne Middleton, 49. (back right) who is now a grandmother, and he Five generations met in Little Harwood when great great grandmother Frances Ellen Thomson, 91, invited her daughter Frances Dean (left), 71, now a great grandmother, Frances's daughter Adrienne Middleton, 49. (back right) who is now a grandmother, and he

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.

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