Christmas baby Finley Mellor pictured with his remarkable family totalling six generations
Baby Finley Mellor was born on Christmas Day, and at just three weeks old is the youngest member of a family whose age ranges span over a century.
This week the newest recruit cuddled up with his great-great-great-grandmother, 103-year-old Hilda Hanson.
Five generations of the family were all together at Mrs Hanson’s Bradford care home, with great-great-grandparents Frank and Jean Cottam, 83, the only generation not present, as they now live on the Lancashire coast on Morecambe.
Baby Finley was joined by his mother Aimee Mellor, 18, grandmother Niki Mellor, 43, great-grandmother Sue Godward, 62, and great-great-great grandmother Mrs Hanson.
When Finley arrived it was the perfect Christmas present
His arrival now brings the family to a huge 44 members, and Mrs Godward said the next family party was going to be quite the gathering.
She said: “It was brilliant to get everyone together.
“When Finley arrived it was the perfect Christmas present, and Hilda, my grandmother, turned 103 a couple of weeks later.
Christmas baby Finley Mellor pictured with his great great great grandma Hilda Hanson
Tue, November 15, 2016
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“She was so pleased to see him and gave him lots of cuddles and kissed his head, she had a big smile on her face and we all loved it, Finley held her finger which was a lovely moment.
“She has Alzheimer’s Disease so might not remember it, but in the moment she loved it and loved seeing all of her family.
“Finley slept all the way through it like babies do.”
Mrs Godward said her daughters have been researching six-generation families since Finley was born but have failed to find another one in the UK.
Finley Mellor's great great grandparents Frank and Jean Cottam
Finley Mellor with his great-great-great-grandmother, 103-year-old Hilda Hanson
She added: “They cannot find any families in Britain but there is a family in Canada that has six generations and we think they might have found another somewhere else in the world.
“It’s a real achievement to have six generations and when we finally all get together it will be really special.”
Just last month, a family in Alberta, Canada were celebrating the arrival of the sixth generation of their family.
The Guinness World Record for most living generations ever is seven, which was achieved in 1989 by a family in the United States of America.