Generation game repeats itself as female number five arrives

IN 1987:Clockwise from top left, Glenda Brown, 39, Jean Hore, 62, baby Amy Louise, Laura Wycherley, 18, and Sarah Blything, 100.

2014: From left, Jean Hore, 89, Glenda Brown, 66, Katie Arens, 23, baby Elleah-Jayne Sophia Knight-Holmes, Amy Conway née Amy Louise, 27, Laura Wycherley, 45.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A DRAMATIC birth in the back of a car on the A449 saw a Wyre Forest family reach an unlikely milestone.

Elleah-Jayne Knight-Holmes, 8lbs, 7oz, who was born when her mother’s labour suddenly progressed en route to Worcestershire Royal Hospital, has a living great-great-grandmother, great-grandmother, grandmother and mother, meaning five generations of females are now present in the same family.

A generation earlier the family achieved the same feat – between 1987 and 1991 – until the eldest member, Sarah Blything, died, aged 104.

Katie Arens, 23, of Kidderminster, gave birth to Elleah-Jayne on Tuesday, July 8 at 10.40am in the parked car and her partner Alex Knight-Holmes delivered the newborn baby girl with support from Katie’s mother.

Miss Arens said: “It was a spectacular way for our fifth generation female to arrive into this world. We were all surprisingly calm and followed the phone instructions from the emergency services, but after my daughter was born I started to worry .

“However, once the two ambulances arrived, one for me and one for Elleah-Jayne, they were brilliant and both of us are fine.

“She is beautiful but if her arrival is anything to go by we can expect her to be a right little madam.”

Miss Arens, who already has a two-year-old son, Rylan, added: “I think it is brilliant that my daughter has four generations of women to care for and support her. When she is older she will have so many stories to hear.

“Our family is very close and Elleah-Jayne will definitely get lots of attention.”

Elleah-Jayne’s female relatives are her mother, grandmother Laura Wycherley, 45, great-grandmother Glenda Brown, 66 and great-great-grandmother Jean Hore, 89.

Mrs Hore, of Stourport, said: “In 1987, when my mother became a great-great-grandmother, after the arrival of Elleah-Jayne’s aunt Amy Louise, I never imagined that I would one day be in her position but here I am.

“I already have two great-great-grandsons but to have five generations of females in the family is amazing and to have it happen to us twice is even more special.”

Mrs Brown added:“I valued being in five generations and I hope Elleah-Jayne will too.”

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