Hartlepool family celebrates five generations

Darcey Sabin is held by her great-great-grandmother Nancy Grylls as great-grandmother Dorothy Grylls, grandmother Joanne Crossman and  mother Sheridan Ryan look on.

Darcey Sabin is held by her great-great-grandmother Nancy Grylls as great-grandmother Dorothy Grylls, grandmother Joanne Crossman and mother Sheridan Ryan look on.

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A Hartlepool family has got just a little bit bigger after welcoming its fifth generation into the world.

Nancy Grylls, 79, has become a great-great grandmother for the first time with the arrival of little Darcey May Sabin.

Darcey with her mum Sheridan.

Darcey with her mum Sheridan.

She was born to mum Sheridan Ryan, 22, on February 27, weighing 6lbs 5oz.

The family told how her arrival has brought them such happiness, especially after the loss of a much-loved family member last year.

Dorothy Grylls, 56, said she is delighted by the new addition to the family, which makes her a great-grandma.

She said: “It’s absolutely wonderful. We are all over the moon, even more so because we lost my father Stanley last March, so it has lifted our spirits a bit.

“We are a big family.”

Nancy, who lives on the Headland, is the head of a large brood also boasting seven children, two sons and five daughters.

In addition she has 13 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.

She said: “Everybody is over the moon about it, we were waiting for her.

“I have three great grandsons, so Darcey is my first great-great grandchild.

“We have them in batches. One year it is boys and the next it is girls and now we have got a little girl again, so it’s lovely.”

Darcey’s mum Sheridan was particularly pleased to introduce her to great-grandmother Nancy.

Sheirdan, of Brierton, said: “You don’t get many people who have got five generations in their family.

“It is nice for my great-nana to get to see the baby.”

Sheridan’s mum Joanne Crossman joked she is too young to be a grandmother at only 39.

But she said the joy that little Darcey had brought the family more than outweighs any negatives.

Joanne, a mother of four, who lives in the Rossmere area of town, said: “I’m too young to be a granny! But it’s really nice.”

Nancy said the family is very close and enjoy regular get-togethers.

“We are all in Hartlepool so we see each other all the time,” she said.

“On Tuesdays you wouldn’t be able to get a seat in my house, well every day really.

“We have big get-togethers on Mother’s Day, at Christmas, for birthdays, everything.”