Baby Oliver marks five generations for Daventry family

Five generations.''Pictured: Debra Purnell (47), Kay Oxborough (91), Oliver John Alan Brennan (5 weeks), Nicola Purnell (20) & Christine Blackwell (66).

Five generations.''Pictured: Debra Purnell (47), Kay Oxborough (91), Oliver John Alan Brennan (5 weeks), Nicola Purnell (20) & Christine Blackwell (66).

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An impressive 91 years separates Kay Oxborough of Daventry and her great-great grandson, six-week old Oliver Brennan.

Oliver’s arrival celebrates five generations in the same family who have been living in Daventry since 1943 when Mrs Oxborough moved here with her husband from Wiltshire.

Mrs Oxborough, now of Warwick Court, said: “It’s hard to explain what has changed since my children were first born but it was very hard to raise a baby back then.

“I used to bath my two girls in front of the fire in the living room because we didn’t have central heating and I remember paying 12/6 to have electricity put in the house.

“One of the biggest changes is they don’t make you spend ten days in bed after having your baby any more.”

Therefore Mrs Oxborough’s words of advice to new mother Nicola Purnell, 20, are to look after herself first as she cannot take care of baby Oliver if she’s unwell.

Ms Purnell, of Jarvis Close, who is engaged to be married to partner Sean Brennan next year, said becoming a new mother - and adding a fifth generation to the family - has been exciting.

She said: “It’s amazing that my nan can meet Oliver and that he will grow up with us all around him. I’m so glad he has that. It’s amazing and there are no other words for it.”

Ms Purnell’s grandmother and Mrs Oxborough’s daughter, Christine Blackwell, 66, echoed the sentiment.

Mrs Blackwell, of Braunston Road, said: “I am over the moon that my mother is still here to meet little Oliver. When we introduced the two of them I had never seen her so excited!

“She threw her arms out to hold him shouting give him to me, give him to me. She is delighted to be a great-great grandmother.”

She added: “Oliver is a lovely little boy and Nicola is the apple of my eye, she’s gorgeous.”

THE FAMILY TREE

Kay Oxborough, age 91, had two children the eldest of which is Christine Blackwell, 66.
Christine then had three children, Debra, Graham and Fiona.
Debra, aged 47, then had four children. Christopher, twins Nicola and Andrew, and youngest Chelsea. 
Nicola, aged 20, recently gave birth to five-week- old Oliver Brennan.
This makes five generations in the same Daventry with 91 years’ difference between the eldest and youngest members.