LITTLE Laiden Howley became the fifth generation in his proud family when he was born nine days before his great-great-grandmother celebrated her 80th birthday.
Thelma Murphy is a mum-of-eight, grandmother-of-20, great-grandmother-of-24 and now a proud great-great- grandmother.
And that pride showed as she celebrated her big day at a party at the weekend, alongside her daughter, Angela Murphy, 58, granddaughter Amanda Singleton, 36, great-granddaughter Jordan Campion, 18 and the latest addition to the family, baby Laiden.
Amanda, mum of Jordan and also Jessica Campion, 17, said Thelma doesn’t normally like being the centre of attention at parties – but she loved the opportunity of getting all five generations of the family together at the same time.
Amanda, who is currently out of work and lives in Queensland Road, in Hartlepool with her two daughters and her newborn grandson, said: “We are a really big family and we have always been a tight family unit.
“To be honest I didn’t think about the five generations thing until I put a photograph of Laiden on Facebook and then someone commented about it.
“When you think about it, it is quite amazing, really, my nana is over the moon. She’s so proud.”
Thelma, who lives in Oakland Avenue, in the town, turned 80 last Monday, May 13, nine days after Laiden was born weighing 5lb 15oz.
She has spent all of her life in Hartlepool but sadly lost her husband, Bob, when he died around 20 years ago.
Her daughter, Angela, now lives in Salisbury but she made sure she came back to the town to celebrate her mum’s 80th birthday at a party at the Hourglass pub, in Eaglesfield Road, at the weekend.
Amanda added: “It was lovely to have all of the family together at the weekend and my nana absolutely loved it.
“She doesn’t normally like parties but the timing all fell into place nicely.”
Amanda also spoke of her pride in Jordan and said she was taking to motherhood “like a duck to water”.