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Aimee's gown is steeped in 112 years of tradition.


TINY Aimee Dixon looked pretty as a picture for her special day - in a treasure of a 112-year-old family christening gown.

The nine-week-old is the latest in a procession of 16 bonny Teesside babies to be christened in the beautiful vintage dress.

Aimee was following in the footsteps of her four-year-old sister Caitlin, mum Claire, 31, grandad Steven and 76-year-old great-grandma Nana Jean.

The gown was bought in Stockton in 1897 for Aimee's great-great grandma Lily Pinder.

She proudly dressed each one of her five children in it when their turn came, including Nana Jean Dunning who inherited the gown.

All her three children wore it for their big day as well as Jean's six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Aimee's mum Claire, who lives with husband Paul in Fairfield, says she was thrilled for her little girl to be christened in the dress.

She said: "It was important to us that Aimee had a traditional christening and wearing the dress helped to make the day very special.

It was an emotional day for Nana Jean who was in tears but really chuffed to see Aimee wearing it." The ceremony took place at St Paul's Church, Stockton..

* WHO'S worn the gown bought more than a century ago in Stockton? Lily Pinder in 1897 and her five children including daughter Jean Dunning, in 1932.

Jean's children Susan in 1956; Steven, 1958; Christine, 1962. Jean's grandchildren Michael Shield, 1976; Claire Dunning (now Dixon) 1978; Jane Shield, 1979; Craig Dunning, 1981; Paul Dunning, 1988; Michelle Dunning, 1988.

Jean's great-grandchildren and Claire's daughters, Caitlin in 2005 and Aimee last Sunday..


TRADITION: Aimee with mum Claire and other family members who have worn the gown, from left, Paul Dunning, Craig Dunning, Jane Shields, Steven Dunning, Jean Dunning, Christine Dunning and Caitlin Dixon BEAUTIFUL: Claire Dixon with daughter Aimee in the family's 112-year-old gown, above, which was also worn by Caitlin Dixon top left, and Michelle Dunning, above left Pictures by IAN COOPER
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2009
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