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Joy as family manages five female generations – twice

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

  • 23/04/14 Five generation family - Castle Street, Tutbury Five generation family in Tutbury. They were in the paper for five generations in 1985, and now they have managed it again, after the baby from then had a baby of her own..Youngest to oldest: .Brook

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WHEN Kirsty Clement was born in May 1985, she became the fifth consecutive female descendant of the family.

Last month, with the birth of her own daughter Brooklyn, the family managed it again.

Now one month old, the tiny baby is completely unaware of the pride she has brought to her family, but for her elders, it is a real achievement to have done it once again.

Matriarch Dot Dicken, of Castle Street, Tutbury, told the Mail: “I think it’s very unusual for a family to have five generations twice. It’s lovely.”

At 90, Mrs Dicken is the head of the family, followed by daughter Chris Ward, 69, granddaughter Tracy Clement, 49, great-granddaughter Kirsty Clement, 28, and great-great-granddaughter Brooklyn.

“It’s amazing. I kept saying to Kirsty when she was pregnant ‘I hope you have a little girl’.

“It’s quite an accomplishment, and lovely to think it has happened twice.

“Brooklyn is beautiful as well,” said Mrs Ward, who lives in Hatton.

She was the granddaughter of the family the last time they were in the Mail for making five generations, as her grandmother Mary Wood was till alive. Mrs Wood lived until she was 96.

There are 90 years and almost 350 miles between the oldest and youngest members of the family, but that does not stop the family having a close bond, they all agreed.

Mrs Clement moved up to the Aberdeen Angus Glens when her daughter was a little girl, as her husband got a job as a gamekeeper in the Highlands.

Mrs Ward said: “We are a close family. Although we don’t all see each other all the time, we are in contact on the phone and on Facetime.”

This youngest trio were visiting the area for a few days so that Mrs Dicken and Mrs Ward could meet the new arrival – and they were both very pleased to welcome her into the family.

The family has strong links with Tutbury, as Mrs Dicken and her late husband, Al, used to run the shop there with her parents. The couple were also involved with running the Tutbury OAP group. Mr Dicken would sing and play the guitar for the elderly folk.

They moved to the area from Derby.

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