Suffolk and proud - family celebrates five generations of women

Gabrielle Bailey is looking forward to sharing her family with newest arrival, baby Matilda.

Gabrielle Bailey is looking forward to sharing her family with newest arrival, baby Matilda. - Credit: Gabrielle Bailey

A family are celebrating five generations of proud Suffolk women, with their youngest member born earlier this year. 

This family tree begins with great, great grandmother, Joan Tibbenham, aged 97. Joan grew up in Blythburgh, and went on to have seven children.  

One of those children was Brenda Anderson, born in 1946. Brenda had three children, Sonia, Wendy and Darren, and raised her family in Great Glemham. 

Wendy went on to have Gabrielle Bailey, who is now 25. 

The milestone of five generations occurred when Gabrielle welcomed her first baby earlier this year on February 1, Matilda Friend, born in Ipswich Hospital. 

Gabrielle, from Rushmere St Andrews, says she is looking forward to sharing the closeness she enjoys with her family with baby Matilda. 

She said “We're all there for each other, no matter what. Even if you don’t talk for a while, you can ring up and they’ll be there for you. It’s a safe haven – someone will always be there.” 

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There is no shortage of strong women in this family who baby Matilda can look up to. 

“Most of the family are girls – it's the men who have married in!” 

Great great Nana Joan was thrilled to meet baby Matilda after she arrived earlier in February.

Great great Nana Joan was thrilled to meet baby Matilda after she arrived earlier in February. - Credit: Gabrielle Bailey

Great, great Nana Joan and Great Nana Brenda with baby Matilda

Great, great Nana Joan and Great Nana Brenda with baby Matilda - Credit: Gabrielle Bailey

Great, great Nana Joan was born in 1925, while baby Matilda was born earlier this year.

Great, great Nana Joan was born in 1925, while baby Matilda was born earlier this year. - Credit: Gabrielle Bailey