14:58 Monday 23 December 2013

Family's new arrival makes it a famous five


IT is going to be a busy Christmas for one five-generation family where the new additions just keep on coming.

The arrival of Erin Grace Sayers means that 93-year-old great-great-grandmother Chrissie Redfern will have plenty to keep her busy this festive season at her home in Hilton.

But after what has been an anxious few weeks for the family, they will be able to celebrate Christmas together after baby Erin Grace returned home having had to go into hospital suffering with breathing difficulties.

But as Erin’s great-grandmother Julia Priestly puts it, the family is built on ‘tough women’.

And Erin is a little girl who can expect to be spoilt this Christmas, as she also has great-great-grandparents on her father’s side.

Mrs Priestly said: “She went back into hospital when she was a week old but she’s home now and she’s doing well.”

“Five generations in one family doesn’t happen very often. She is very lucky to have such a large family. My mum’s mother lived until she was 101, we’re tough women.”

It certainly seems an accurate description of head of the family Chrissie, who served a vital role during the Second World War, monotoring radar screens for enemy planes.

Chrissie, who grew up in Yorkshire, met her future husband Gerald in Burton, and has lived in the area ever since.

But since his death 20 years ago, her close-knit family has become even more important to her.

The birth of Erin Grace means that in total, she now has four children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Julia said: “We’re all very family orientated. With there being so many of us there is always someone to call on if we’ve got any problems.”

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