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100-year-old meets great-great-granddaughter, the first girl in her family in over 75 years

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By Georgia Lambert and Alex Langridge via SWNS

A 100-year-old holds her great-great grandaughter — the first girl born into their family in five generations over 75 years.

The Smith family watched as the 100-year-old Maeva held the first girl born in the family in 75 years. (Keith Fennings / SWNS)

Gwen Smith first met baby Maeva at her home in Dene Holm Residential Care Home in Northfleet, Kent.

In an incredibly special moment, the Smith family watched as the 100-year-old held Maeva for the first time.

Speaking about that day, Gwen's family said: "It was a very special occasion to get all five generations together, particularly during the pandemic.

"Strict protocols are still in place but the home’s manager, Chris, permitted the visit for which we are all extremely grateful."

The care home resident, who will turn 101 next month, already has five grandsons, eight great-grandsons, and six step great-grandsons and was extremely proud to meet the newest addition to the family.

Unfortunately, Gwen's cataracts mean she can no longer see very well but according to her family, she was still tremendously happy to meet the little one.

Gwen married Ron in 1940. (Keith Fennings / SWNS)

Gwen was born in Essex on 28 February 1921 and after she moved to Gravesend as a youngster, she became a keen dancer and performed at many local events while working at her father's seed merchant shops in Kent.

She met her husband, Ron, aged 16 when he was an apprentice electrician at Blue Circle Cement Works.

In an unimaginable twist of fate, the Second World War separated the newlyweds, and Ron was sent to serve overseas with the Royal Engineers.

The pair married at the height of the Second World War in 1940 after Ron managed to get a special leave of just eight hours while stationed at the Isle of Grain.

After saying their goodbyes, the pair didn't meet again for another five years.

They finally reunited after the war and enjoyed many happy years of traveling, while bringing up their two daughters, Gloria and Sandra - who, until Maeva, was the last girl to be born in the family 75 years ago.

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