Hartlepool cousins give birth to fifth generations just days apart

Great Great Grandma Ellen Weldrake (sitting front) with (front left to right) Rhianon Horton with her daughter Grace Evans and Becky Healey with her daughter Evelyn Wright (rear left to right) Angela Horton (nana to Grace), Sandra Belcher (nannie to Grace and Evelyn) and  Joanne Belcher (nana to Evelyn) . Picture by FRANK REID

Great Great Grandma Ellen Weldrake (sitting front) with (front left to right) Rhianon Horton with her daughter Grace Evans and Becky Healey with her daughter Evelyn Wright (rear left to right) Angela Horton (nana to Grace), Sandra Belcher (nannie to Grace and Evelyn) and Joanne Belcher (nana to Evelyn) . Picture by FRANK REID

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Two cousins are overjoyed after giving birth just days apart– becoming the fifth generations in their family.

Little bundles of joy Grace Ella Evans and Evelyn Rose Wright surprised the family this month after being born just two days apart.

Rhianon Horton with her daughter Grace Evans. Picture by FRANK REID

Rhianon Horton with her daughter Grace Evans. Picture by FRANK REID

Rhianon Horton, 22, gave birth to Grace on September 1 – more than two weeks early – while her cousin Rebecca Healey, 21, delivered Evelyn on September 3.

Great grandmother Sandra Belcher, 60, from Lynton Court, Hartlepool, said the close family were delighted with the news.

She said: “Grace wasn’t due until September 16 and Evelyn was overdue by a week!”

“My two daughters were also pregnant together and both of them had girls as well.

Rhianon Horton with her daughter Grace Evans. Picture by FRANK REID

Rhianon Horton with her daughter Grace Evans. Picture by FRANK REID

“Now my grand-daughters were pregnant together and they have both had girls!”

“We’re all over the moon.”

Ellen Weldrake, 82, from Tweed Walk, is the newborns’ great great grandmother; her daughter Sandra Belcher is now a great grandmother; and her two daughters Angela Horton, 41, and Joanne Belcher, 40 are now grandmothers.

Angela is mum to Tesco worker and Sunderland University sports and physiotherapy student Rhianon.

Great Great Grandma Ellen Weldrake (sitting front) with (front left to right) Rhianon Horton with her daughter Grace Evans and Becky Healey with her daughter Evelyn Wright (rear left to right) Angela Horton (nana to Grace), Sandra Belcher (nannie to Grace and Evelyn) and  Joanne Belcher (nana to Evelyn) . Picture by FRANK REID

Great Great Grandma Ellen Weldrake (sitting front) with (front left to right) Rhianon Horton with her daughter Grace Evans and Becky Healey with her daughter Evelyn Wright (rear left to right) Angela Horton (nana to Grace), Sandra Belcher (nannie to Grace and Evelyn) and Joanne Belcher (nana to Evelyn) . Picture by FRANK REID

While Joanne is mum to baker and Teeside University sociology student Rebecca.

“I was surprised as I wasn’t due for another two weeks,” Rebecca said.

“We were both surprised when we found out in December that we were both pregnant.

“The girls have met briefly and we will have a christening next year.

Grace Evans. Picture by FRANK REID

Grace Evans. Picture by FRANK REID

“It’s quite a novelty.”

Becky Healey mother of Evelyn Wright. Picture by FRANK REID

Becky Healey mother of Evelyn Wright. Picture by FRANK REID

Rhianon Horton mother of Grace Evans. Picture by FRANK REID

Rhianon Horton mother of Grace Evans. Picture by FRANK REID

Great Great Grandma Ellen Weldrake (sitting front) with (front left to right) Rhianon Horton with her daughter Grace Evans and Becky Healey with her daughter Evelyn Wright (rear left to right) Angela Horton (nana to Grace), Sandra Belcher (nannie to Grace and Evelyn) and  Joanne Belcher (nana to Evelyn) . Picture by FRANK REID

Great Great Grandma Ellen Weldrake (sitting front) with (front left to right) Rhianon Horton with her daughter Grace Evans and Becky Healey with her daughter Evelyn Wright (rear left to right) Angela Horton (nana to Grace), Sandra Belcher (nannie to Grace and Evelyn) and Joanne Belcher (nana to Evelyn) . Picture by FRANK REID