Proud family welcomes fifth generation

A FAMILY is today celebrating five generations - from 96-year-old great, great grandmother Rosina to 11-day-old baby Oliver.

A FAMILY is today celebrating five generations - from 96-year-old great, great grandmother Rosina to 11-day-old baby Oliver.

The latest arrival is delighting everyone in the family and the tot, born weighing 7lb 12oz at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on February 5, is in fine health.

Oliver Kemp is the youngest and came face to face with his great, great grandmother Rosina Matthews at her residential home in Temple Road, Stowmarket, recently.

But the little one was taking it all in his stride and seemed blissfully unaware of the love and attention being showered on him.


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And the family are the talk of Haughley, where they are well known.

Mrs Matthews, who, before retiring, ran a general stores in Haughley which is now the Counting House restaurant, said: “He is lovely.

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“It is the first time I have met him and I am so pleased to see him.”

Mrs Matthews' daughter, Pat Burrows, 68, also from Haughley, said: “Oliver is getting on fine and to have five generations is lovely.

“My mother's side of the family is long living, she is the youngest of seven, and is the last one left now. But four or five lived into their 90s, as did her mother.

“I am so proud. He is my first great grandchild. He is so beautiful.”

Mrs Burrows' daughter Susan Cobbold, 45, who works in reception and the pharmacy at Bacton doctor's surgery and lives in Elmswell, said it was lovely to have Oliver join the family.

She said she was not surprised there were now five generations in the family because her daughter had long wanted to be a mum.

Hairdresser Emma Cobbold, 21, from Stowmarket, added: “He is my first and I knew he would be a little boy at 20 weeks.

“He was always going to be called Oliver, I just love the name. I am thrilled. He is quiet sometimes - but sometimes he has his moments.”

It was all news to Oliver, as he stretched and smiled back at his grandparents and mother.

Have you welcomed a fifth generation into your family? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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