Five generations of same family in same picture

There was an emotional day for a Peterborough family as five generations of females were together for what they believe will be a once in a lifetime photograph.

Sunday, 29th May 2016, 6:00 am
Five generations of the same family

When Sharon Lake (46) renewed her wedding vows with husband Graham this month, she was joined by her granddaughter, daughter, mum and grandmother for a very special photograph.

The family believe it is the first - and possibly last time - the five generations have been in the same place at the same time.

The youngest in the picture is five year-old Millie Mooney, with her mum Natalie Lake (25), Sharon, Helen Neligan (68) and 89-year-old Iris Batterham - who is Millie’s great great grandmother.

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While Sharon wore a white wedding gown, the others all wore red to mark the special occasion, which took place on a sunny weekend earlier this month.

Sharon, from Eye, said it was a very special occasion at St Matthew’s Church in her home village.

She said: “We thought this will probably be the only chance to get us all in the same picture.

“We don’t get together as a whole family very often, so it was very nice for us all to be in the same place.

“It is difficult to meet up because of work, and other commitments.

“I never thought we would be able to get a picture like this one.

“It is very special for us all, and I am sure the picture will take pride of place at home.”

Sharon said the day had come about after the loss of her father-in-law last year.

She said: “We got married 13 years ago, but we were married in a registry office. My husband, Graham always wanted to get married in a church.

“Graham has a very big family, so it was nice to get them all here. With the original day at a registry office, we thought it would be good to have something where all our family could come along.

“We decided to renew our vows when my father-in-law died.”

Natalie, who lives in Dogsthorpe, said her daughter, Millie, did not understand how significant the picture was - but was sure in a few years it was a picture she would treasure.

She said: “We all live quite close to each other, but have never had a picture together.

“Millie didn’t really know the significance of what was going on, but I know it will be important to have a picture like this in the future.

“We will put the picture somewhere important at home.

“I don’t know of many other people who have had five generations of the same family together, let alone all females. so it was a nice thing to do.

“There were loads of family there on the day, so it was a really nice occasion for everyone to meet up.”