Five generations!

CHRISTMAS might have been a busy time for many, but spare a thought for Lilian Edwards from Godmanchester who has some 200 relatives to buy presents for. According to her daughter, Lilian manages to ensure that every member of her family – and their spous

CHRISTMAS might have been a busy time for many, but spare a thought for Lilian Edwards from Godmanchester who has some 200 relatives to buy presents for.

According to her daughter, Lilian manages to ensure that every member of her family - and their spouses - gets a gift for Christmas.

Mrs Edwards, who celebrated her 82nd birthday in November, said her best birthday and Christmas present was being made a great, great grandmother.

Baby Alisha Withers, who weighed in at 9lbs meant Mrs Edwards, a mother of nine, now has 40 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and one great, great granddaughter.

Alisha is the baby of Mrs Edwards' great granddaughter, Ceryn, 17, who is the daughter of grandson, Wayne, 36, who is the son of Mrs Edwards' eldest daughter, Carol, 59.

Originally a Londoner, Mrs Edwards and her late husband, Joseph, a lorry driver, moved to Huntingdonshire 41 years ago.

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Lilian's daughter, Sue Anderson, said: "Mum remembers everyone's birthday and at Christmas she doesn't miss anybody out. Everybody gets presents, all the children and grandchildren and all their children and husbands and wives. She still knits and makes dolls and teddies and, although she can no longer see very well, she still paints in watercolours."

Mrs Edwards said: "I only ever wanted one child - but my grandchildren and great grandchildren keep me young and I love every one of them.

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