It’s very rare you’d ever get to meet your great-great-grandmother face-to-face – surrounded by every generation of your family in between.
But that was exactly what happened when two-month-old James met four generations of his forebears, including 93-year-old Doris, for the first time.
The family arranged for all five generations to get together at Doris’ residential home in Fareham because they live so far apart.
Doris Sellen described the special family gathering as ‘out of this world’ and said: ‘It feels just fine.’
Ms Sellen has always lived in Gosport until six months ago, when she moved to her residential home.
She said: ‘It’s so nice to see everyone but it does make me wonder how we got this far!’
Doris’ daughter, Di Dewey, 72, grew up in Gosport but now lives in Locks Heath.
She said: ‘We had five generations together 29 years ago and The News took a photo of us then – now it’s the same again!’
Doris’ granddaughter and great granddaughter had much further to travel – as they came from Pembrokeshire in Wales.
Di’s daughter, Marion Duncombe, 48, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see all five generations as we hardly get everyone together on the same day. Today was an opportunity not to be missed.’
Marion’s daughter has a two-month-old son, called James Christopher David, and the gathering was the first time the long family line had all sat down in the same room.
Marion’s daughter, Lucy Duncombe, 21, said: ‘I didn’t think it would happen! It’s mad how five generations can all be in the same room.
‘Also, it’s not like any of us are young mums, there’s quite normal age gaps between us, which I think makes it more special.’