From 10 weeks to 105: Five generations united in Lincoln

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An impressive five generations of ladies from a Lincoln family were united this week.

They range from the age of just 10 weeks to 105 and it took thousands of miles of travel to bring them together.

At the head of the family is Ellena Dovey (known fondly as Nell). She was born in 1913 in North Hykeham and ran an antique shop on Steep Hill in Lincoln with her husband Alf Dovey for many years until they retired.

They spent most of their time at Norman House playing bowls, explained granddaughter Emma Stevens.

The five generations of family ladies are Ellena, Sally, Emma, Laura-Jayne and Maggie

The second generation was Sally Howard, who was born in 1940 (78).

Sally has been a proud Imps supporter between 1947 all the way up to the team’s proud recent successes.

She ran the Lion and Snake pub on Bailgate in the 70s and happily remembers often serving former Lincoln City manager Graham Taylor.

Third generation Emma Stevens, 49, (born in 1969) and her family have also been keen Imps supporters, until, she explained, horses and family took up the majority of her spare time.

Laura-jayne Stevens was born in 1990 and went to LSST in Lincoln before studying for her degree in Birmingham and Manchester.

She emigrated to New Zealand three years ago and works as a teacher.

She met Kiwi Jordan and the fifth generation of the tight-knit family was born 10 weeks ago.

Baby Maggie meets her great great grandmother.

Baby Maggie Ada flew with her parents 11,500 miles to meet her great great grandmother, lovingly known by her great grandchildren as ‘Little Nanny’, at The Grove care home in Skellingthorpe this week.

Could this been the longest line of ladies in Lincoln?