Five generations and still going strong

Five generatgion family. From left, Kelly Dixon, Stella Bates, May Hunter, Angie Bates, and front baby Lilly McPartlin
Five generatgion family. From left, Kelly Dixon, Stella Bates, May Hunter, Angie Bates, and front baby Lilly McPartlin

THERE may be nearly 90 years separating five generations of one family – but the bond between them is strong.

May Hunter, who is due to celebrate her 90th birthday over the Easter weekend, likes nothing better than spending time with her ever-growing brood.

She has watched one generation of her family after another come along.

Now that family boasts five generations – all from the same female line.

Following great-great grandmother May at the top of the family tree is her daughter, Stella Bates, 68, who is mum to Angie Bates, 48, followed by her daughter Kelly Dixon, 26.

Right at the other end of the age spectrum is Kelly’s daughter, one-year-old Lilly McPartlin.

May’s granddaughter Angie, of the Fens, Hartlepool, said: “I don’t know of any other families with five generations, especially all women.

“My grandma is a very family-oriented person. She loves seeing us all and always asks after people in the family.

“She is one of the most active people in the flats where she lives. She does the shopping for everyone and is always on the go.

“I think that’s why she keeps so young.”

It is not often that all five generations get to be together as May lives in Newcastle and the rest of the women are in Hartlepool.

But such occasions, like birthdays and Mother’s Day are cherished, added Angie, a restaurant worker.

Angie’s parents Stella and Derrick moved to Hartlepool in 1980 when her dad got a job at the power station.

Angie, who is divorced, said: “The last time we were all together was on Mother’s Day when we had a cup of tea and a catch up and before that when Lilly was born.

“We try to get through to see my grandma as often as possible.

“Sometimes we just turn up and surprise her.”