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THE arrival of a new baby is always special, but it was a great day for Joyce Jenks when Lilly May Rose Hillier was born, making her a great-great-grandmother for the first time.

The 85-year-old retired caterer from Sholing, Southampton, is now the head of five generations of women and girls in her family, all of whom were born in the city.

The living family tree goes from matriarch Joyce to daughter Frances Martin, 53, to granddaughter Lisa Noice, 35, to great-granddaughter Rebecca Martin and her baby Lilly, who was born on Friday, weighing 9lb 13oz.

Gran-of-12 Frances said: “She’s gorgeous. We’re all over the moon.

“This is my first great-grandchild at 53, so it’s a bit of a shock, but a good shock and Lisa is the same age I was when I became a gran.

“We’ve got quite a lot of girls in our family, so it isn’t the end.

“We’re a close-knit family as well so we all look after each other and Lilly will have lots of babysitters.”