ONE of Britain’s biggest families has become a little bit larger with the arrival of another child.
Former Kirkbie Kendal School pupil Sue Radford has had her 16th baby and has told husband Noel she wants another.
Casper was born weighing 8lb 8oz after a labour that only lasted 16 minutes.
He will live in the nine-bedroom former care home in Morecambe along with his six sisters and nine brothers.
“Casper has settled in like a dream. He's so good and such a placid baby - he only cries when he's hungry or when he's being changed,” Mrs Radford said on her online blog.
“All of his brothers and sisters love him so much and are constantly asking to cuddle him so he's definitely not short of cuddles.”
The 36-year-old had her first child when she was 14, giving birth to Chris, who is now 23, then came Sophie, 18, Chloe, 17, Jack, 15, Daniel, 13, Luke, 12, Millie, 11, Katie, 10, James, nine, Ellie, seven, Aimee, six, Josh, five, Max, three, Tillie, two, and one-year-old Oscar.
“I just love kids,” she said. “People stare, you can see them counting the kids. Some think they won’t get the attention they need. They don’t realise how dedicated we are.”
Mrs Radford works alongside her husband, 41, at his Heysham bakery Faradays. However, she said many people assumed they were living off benefits.
They also have their first grandchild on the way.
She said now Casper is settled into family life they are all looking forward to Christmas. “I cant wait to see their little faces on Christmas morning,” said Mrs Radford. “I love our big family, Christmas is so special and makes us realise just how lucky we are to have what we have.”
Each day the family eats three loaves, more than two boxes of cereal, at least three packets of biscuits and go through 18 pints of milk. Over Christmas they consume 48 Yorkshire puddings, half-a-gallon of gravy and 90 turkey sandwiches.