There is no shortage of love for Eloise Holland after becoming the fifth living generation on both her mother’s and father’s side.
Eight-month-old Eloise is the youngest member of one truly big “amazing” family – and is “never short of a babysitter”.
The eldest member of her family is her great great grandmother Brenda Scarisbrick who is 97 years old.
As well as her parents, she has a grandmother, and great-grandmother on both sides of the family to dote on her too.
Eloise was born in November to mum Sofia Holland, 18, and dad Liam Underwood, 21, a maintenance manager on the North Pier in Blackpool.
Fourth generation Sofia, from Blackpool, who has just finished studying business at college, said: “My daughter is perfect and I have the most amazing family around to support me as a young mum. I feel incredibly lucky.”
The third generation is Sophia’s mum, Karla Holland, 37, who is a full time mum-of-five, while Liam’s mother, Linda Barnes, 40, works as a full time carer.
Second generation is Eloise’s great grans, Karla’s mum Carol Bellone, 53, who is an advertising sales manager and Linda’s mother, Kath Barnes, 70, is a retired saleswoman at Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool.
And finally Carol’s mum, 74-year-old ex professional ballroom dancer and retired student services worker Margaret Wright is Eloise’s great-great grandmother along with Brenda.
Explaining what keeps her feeling young Margaret says: “The main thing is keeping up with the kids. They’re always up and about…I love them all dearly. We have great fun together.”
Eloise’s great grandma Carol added: “I like to think I’m cool and down with the kids. My six grandchildren and one great grandchild keep me fairly busy as you might expect!
“When the family gets together it is always filled with love and laughter, and on mothers day we always make a fuss of each other. It is a lovely time of the year for us.
“When we do squabble most of the time it’s over Trivial Pursuit!”
Kath’s mum, retired farm owner Brenda Scarisbrick and now a great great grandma, said: “Eloise was lovingly welcomed in November as the newest member of the rabble and is absolutely spoilt rotten.
“There is lots of bickering to see who’s turn it is to hold her or feed her, and Sofia is never short of a baby sitter!
“Funnily enough though there never seems to be a queue for a nappy change.”
When asked if she enjoyed having a massive family, Karla said: “I love it.
We’re all so close and have so much fun together.
“Most of the time we don’t feel like family, it just feels like hanging around with your mates which is such a lovely feeling.
“Sofia had Eloise in November last year when she was 17, I had Sofia when I was 19, my mum had me when she was 16 and her mum had her when she was 19.
“We’ve all experienced being a young mum, and now Sofia has more support from the family than she can shake a stick at.
“Christmas is expensive but we wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s always busy with stuff going on but that’s how we like it.
“There is always somebody to talk to when you need advice, and I can’t imagine not being surrounded by all my amazing relatives.”
The whole family live in Blackpool, apart from Kath, who lives just 33 miles away in Southport.