Baby Ethan makes it five generations!

Five generations of the Lawtons: Eric, Paul, Tyrone, Lee and baby Ethan
Five generations of the Lawtons: Eric, Paul, Tyrone, Lee and baby Ethan

The Lawton boys were in town to celebrate the arrival of the fifth generation of their clan.

Head of the family is great-great grandfather Eric Lawton, 87, followed by great-grandfather Paul, 64; grandfather Tyrone 44; father Lee, 25; and baby Ethan who arrived on July 25.

All were born in Halifax and they gathered at the home of Eric in Newlands Drive, Northowram, Halifax.

He served in the Royal Navy during the second world war on several ships including HMS Indefatigable, an aricraft carrier attached to the North Atlantic fleet protecting Russian convoys.

Eric is a member of several Royal Navy Associations and regularly attends meetings.

Next year he will be joined by all five family members at the annual HMS Indefatigable Association meeting in Portsmouth.

After the war he returned to the building trade and formed his own company in the late 1950s.

Paul left Clare Hall School, Halifax, aged 15 to work for his father. He became self-employed aged 20 and when he retired in 2001 he moved to the Orkney Island of Eday (population 145) where he still lives.

Tyrone now lives in Huddersfield where he opened the Star Inn, Lockwood, in 2001.

Previously, he also worked in the building trade and at one time worked for his father.

He now works as a technical representative for a building trade supply company.

Lee left Ryburn Valley High School, Sowerby, to become an apprentice joiner and later gained a HNC in construction and continues to work in that profession.

His partner, Vicky Biggs, attended Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School. She is currently on maternity leave from Bradford City Council where she is an assessor in social care.

Paul said the birth of Ethan was eagerly awaited.

“We had been looking forward to it for nine months and his arrival has been a big celebration for us all,” said Paul.