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Meet the Wrights: North Norfolk family celebrates five generations of women

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:42 19 June 2017

Five generations of girls in a family. Audrey Wright (94), Angela Williamson (67), Linney Archer (46), Holly Vertigan (23) and Madison Vertigan (12 weeks). Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Five generations of girls in a family. Audrey Wright (94), Angela Williamson (67), Linney Archer (46), Holly Vertigan (23) and Madison Vertigan (12 weeks). Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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With the arrival of their 62nd member, a North Norfolk family is celebrating having five living generations all based in their home county of Norfolk.

Five generations of girls in a family. Audrey Wright (94), Angela Williamson (67), Linney Archer (46), Holly Vertigan (23) and Madison Vertigan (12 weeks). Audrey pictured with Madison. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Five generations of girls in a family. Audrey Wright (94), Angela Williamson (67), Linney Archer (46), Holly Vertigan (23) and Madison Vertigan (12 weeks). Audrey pictured with Madison. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Holly Vertigan welcomed daughter Madison on March 23 and, upon returning home to Wicken Green, Fakenham, was greeted by her mother Linney Archer and grandmother Angela Williamson.

Just a few days later Madison met her great-great-grandmother Audrey Wright, who lives in North Walsham.

Members of the Wright family have always been close, both in their relationships and in proximity.

Linney, 46, said: “At one point when Holly was growing up we all lived on Park Road in Wells-next-the-Sea. My brother was next door, and mum was a few doors up. My sister-in-law’s family also lived there - in 1994 everyone on the street was related.

Five generations of girls in a family. Audrey Wright (94), Angela Williamson (67), Linney Archer (46), Holly Vertigan (23) and Madison Vertigan (12 weeks). Pictured is part of their family tree. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Five generations of girls in a family. Audrey Wright (94), Angela Williamson (67), Linney Archer (46), Holly Vertigan (23) and Madison Vertigan (12 weeks). Pictured is part of their family tree. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

“The postman used to joke it didn’t matter who was in or out, he could drop parcels anywhere.”

New-mum Holly said: “Mum and gran have helped me quite a lot with Madison since she was born. It’s been nice that they’ve been able to help me with my daughter the way my nan helped my mum with me and so on.”

The 23-year-old added: “It’s quite unusual for Madison to be able to meet her great-great-grandmother. It was lovely for me growing up because if ever I was finding something difficult I always had so many people to talk to, I’m so glad that she’ll have the same.”

Angela, 67, gave a hand to Linney raising Holly, and is now helping her grand-daughter raise Madison. She said: “It’s so lovely being able to help- it’s a lot more tiring doing it now we’re older!”

Holly said: “My favourite thing about having such a large family is when we all get together at Christmas. My great-grandma rents a room at her care home and we all get together to swap cards and play games.”

Angela agreed, adding: “Even though Audrey is 94 and can be a bit forgetful, she still knows who everyone is and loves having her family around her.”

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