A family is celebrating girl power after the birth of the fifth generation of females.
Great great grandma Mary Dodson, 91, of Hill Top, Slaithwaite, is the head of the female line which now includes tiny Lola Grace Starr, born in June.
Mary had three children and the youngest Shirley Dillingham – who ran Hill Top Newsagent’s for 20 years and still lives at Hill Top – had a daughter and two sons.
Shirley’s daughter Lyndsay Travers, 40, had two girls, Chelsea Sunley, 21, and Amber Sunley, 19 on Friday (Nov 21).And on June 28 Chelsea – also still at Hill Top – gave birth to Lola Grace, completing the generation game, for the time being.
Now grandma Lyndsay – who moved over to Golcar but still sees her gang of girls almost every day – said: “We’ve no idea why we have such strong girl genes but we were really pleased when Lola was born.
“It’s like we have an unwritten family tradition of having girls. I think it’s helped bring us really close together and we don’t like being apart for too long. None of us have felt the need to move anywhere else, that’s for sure.”
Lyndsay’s brothers Shayn, 42, and Ryan, 35, also have girls, Ella, 11, and Tegan, three respectively.
Shayn also has a son, Reece, seven.
Lyndsay, a cook at Bolster Moor coffee shop, added: “We’re proud of all our family, whether they’re girls or boys but having such a strong female presence does feel really special.”
Great great grandma Mary was a home help for 30 years then ran Meals on Wheels in the Slaithwaite area until she was 82.
She is still very active and attends Slaithwaite Owls group every Tuesday.