A FAMILY from South Tyneside are welcoming the fifth generation of girls into their brood.
Gladys Lane, 88, is now the proud great, great grandmother to little Harper May Murray.
The baby, the daughter of grand-daughter Rebecca May, 19, and Tyler Murray, was born on February 3, at South Tyneside District Hospital, weighing 8lbs 8ozs.
It now makes her the fifth generation of girls for the family, who all live in Jarrow.
Rebecca’s mum, Kim May, 42, from Lulworth Avenue, said: “When Rebecca said she was pregnant I was shocked at first, then we found out she was expecting a little girl and it was just so exciting.
“The fact she would be the fifth generation of girls wasn’t something that immediately was thought.
“But when we realised, it just became so exciting.”
Great grandmother Judith Fairley, 66, from Tynemouth Road, said: “My mam turns 89 on Saturday so it is going to be a great celebration.”
Mrs Lane, from Aydon Grove, who has 19 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren, added: “I just feel so proud – it is like we are part of an exclusive club.”
Rebecca, from Lulworth Avenue, said: “When I found out I was pregnant it wasn’t something I thought about, it was my mam who mentioned it.
“It’s just strange, and it’s like gran says we are part of an exclusive club.”
Mrs May added: “Because Harper was born so close to my gran’s birthday it has made it even more special, as next year when she is celebrating her 90th we will also celebrate Harper turning one.
“That will be one big celebration.”