They say it’s a man’s world – but for one Accrington family that definitely isn’t the case. When Macie Lee Doyle came into the world on June 24 at Burnley General Hospital she became the fifth generation girl in her family.
Macie Lee, who weighed 7lb 7oz, is the first born of Leanne Waddington and is the youngest of an all-female line of a family which spans nearly a century.
The matriarch of the five generations is 95-year-old great great grandmother Vera Cliffe, originally from Blackburn Road in Accrington and later Henry Street in Church before retiring to Whalley in 1968.
Great grandmother Barbara Waddington, 65, a retired Associated Dairies worker, lives on Devonshire Street in Accrington while grandmother Carole Waddington, 42, now lives in Blackburn along with new mum Leanne, 24, partner Myles Doyle.
But the first born in the line has always been a girl, a quirk for which the family can offer no explanation.
Proud mum Leanne said: "It’s really unusual to have girls running through the family and that’s why I’m proud that she was a girl.
"I thought all along that I was going to have a boy. I just had a feeling, so it was a very pleasant surprise when she was a girl."
Barbara, who is one of three sisters, said: "When she said she was pregnant I was over the moon. Friends and family thought she was going to have a boy but she ended up having a girl.
"It’s really amazing as there has now been five generations of girls.
"There must be something in the genes."