Video: ‘Special Christmas gift’ completes five generation family in Norwich

Five generations of the Bowthorpe family. Peter Shaw, 85, holds his two-week-old great great grandson Joey Beane with Jordan Beane, 17, Tanya Beane, 35 and Sylvana Woodward, 57. Photo: Bill Smith Five generations of the Bowthorpe family. Peter Shaw, 85, holds his two-week-old great great grandson Joey Beane with Jordan Beane, 17, Tanya Beane, 35 and Sylvana Woodward, 57. Photo: Bill Smith

Friday, January 3, 2014
6:30 AM

Baby Joey may only be around two weeks old but already he has been the centre of his family’s attention during this year’s festivities – especially when all five generations got together.

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The family spans from great-great granddad Peter Shaw, 85, of Rawley Road, Bowthorpe, to Joey Beane, who was born on December 15.

Mr Shaw’s granddaughter Tanya Beane, 35, of Rafeman Close, Bowthorpe, said she was still “getting use to the idea” of being a nanny for the first time but had been excited once the news had sunk in that her 17-year-old son Jordan Beane would be becoming a dad.

Joey’s “chuffed” great nanny Sylvana Woodward, 57, of Oval Avenue, Costessey, said: “We have quite a big family anyway and Joey has already been joining in with our family traditions. We always have our Christmas Day meal together and this year our new arrival joined us.”

Described as a “special Christmas gift”, baby Joey, weighing 9lb 8oz, was born at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by caesarian delivery to parents Jordan and Sophie Dunne, 18, who endured labour for more than 19 hours.

Jordan stayed by his girlfriend’s side throughout the entire birth, as well as Mrs Beane who offered support to the couple.

Yesterday, while enjoying some cuddles with the new baby, Mr Shaw said he believed things were different now compared to when he was a child.

He said: “When I was a kid you did not have babies, but kids they grow-up quicker now. Childhood used to be longer.”

Mr Shaw also made price comparisons to a pint of milk, which during his childhood was ninepence - around £5 in today’s money.

Proud dad and part-time labourer Jordan, of Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, said it was “exciting” being a dad for the first time.

“He is such a hungry little baby,” he said.

Mrs Woodward joked that big appetites were another family tradition and that all the babies in their family were born a good weight.

And already planning to take her great grandson on his first caravanning adventure she added: “I know everyone probably says this but we all produce gorgeous looking babies in this family.”

And despite the thought of Christmas still fresh in the family’s mind, Joey is already looking forward to his next celebration on Monday - Mr Shaw’s 86th birthday party.

• Are you a member of a five generation family? Contact reporter Donna-Louise Bishop on 01603 693892, email donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk or follow on Twitter @donnaloubishop.

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