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First ladies: Dolly completes five generations of girls

Sybil Hargrave, 100, with Margaret Greenhill, Sarah Dougherty, Bryony Robinson and Dolly Elliott, 3 months

Sybil Hargrave, 100, with Margaret Greenhill, Sarah Dougherty, Bryony Robinson and Dolly Elliott, 3 months

It’s been a momentous year for Rugby centenarian Sybil Hargrave.

In the past 12 months she has not only lived to see her 100th birthday – she has also celebrated the birth of her first great-great-grandchild.

It meant that when her family held a reunion recently, they were able to bring five generations together in the same room.

Present were Sybil, her daughter Margaret Greenhill, 75, granddaughter Sarah Dougherty, 52, great-granddaughter Bryony Robinson, 27, and, the newest addition to the family, great-great-granddaughter Dolly Elliott, aged three months.

Bryony, mother of Dolly, said: “Not only were there five generations of us spread across 100 years, but those present were all first-born girls. I’m not sure how common that is these days.

“We’re quite a close family and often have get-togethers. The family are originally from the Grandborough area and we all still live and work fairly close to each other .

“We visit Sybil about once a week and she gets very excited when she knows she is going to see her new great-great-granddaughter. She loves talking to Dolly and cuddling her.”

Sybil, a resident of Overslade House, and her late husband, Ted, ran the Shoulder of Mutton in Grandborough for 28 years. A village road - Hargrave Close - was named after them.

Along with Dolly, Sybil has three children, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

 

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