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Meet the Maidstone family spanning five generations

A Maidstone family is celebrating the rare feat of having five living generations, after welcoming its newest arrival.

There are nine decades separating Rose Land and her great-great-granddaughter little Lucia Salter-Lawrence-Gabriel, who was born on February 4.

She joins a long line of females in the family, including mum Jazmin Salter, 19, grandmother Terri Salter, 46, great-grandmother Christine Land, 64, and great-great-grandmother Rose, 90.

From left: Rose Land (great-great grandmother), Chris Land (great grandmother), Terri Salter (grandmother), Jazmin Salter (Mum) & 4 week old Lucia Salter Lawrence-Gabriel. Picture: Andy Jones

Even more remarkably, there are also five living generations on Terri’s father’s side of the family as well.

She is now planning a trip to Milton Keynes in the coming weeks to bring them all together, including baby Lucia for the first time.

As part of the traditional celebrations, the newborn has been given a cradle, first bought in the 1950s before being handed down to Christine, Terri and Jazmin.

"Mother's Day will be a big celebration for sure" Terri Salter

Terri, of Tollgate Way, Sandling, said: “It’s lovely to have something historic that’s been passed down after first being picked up by my great-grandmother when her daughter was pregnant.

“Apparently it was originally made for a film star who said it wasn’t dressed correctly and that she didn’t want it, so my great-grandmother bought it for a reduced price and it’s remained in the family ever since.

“Mother’s Day will be a big celebration, for sure, because all the mums in the family will be coming together.

“It makes you realise how precious time is with your loved ones so we’re going to make the most of it.”

According to Guinness World Records, the most generations recorded alive in a single family has been seven, in the US in 1989.

England saw its first six-generation family following the arrival of Finley Mellor in Yorkshire last year.

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