Britain’s biggest family has grown again after Sue Radford gave birth to her twentieth baby but promised this is her last child.Mrs Radford, 42 years old has welcomed her 11th son Archie on Monday after an hour’s labour but her husband Noel, 46 years old revealed he still won’t get a vasectomy.The grandmother said she is happy to stop on a ‘nice even number’ after she held her 8lb 6oz son in her arms at Royal Lancaster Infirmary.She wrote online ‘We are so thrilled to announce our precious new addition has arrived. We’d like you all to meet Archie Rowan Radford.’
The couple, from Morecambe, Lancashire, first met when Sue was just seven years old.They had their first child, Chris, 28 years ago, when Sue was aged only 14. The couple decided to keep baby as they were both given up for adoption at birth.The couple then moved into their first home together and got married. Shortly afterwards they welcomed their second child, Sophie when Sue was 17 years old.They have gone on to have 18 more children but insisted Archie would be their last.Mrs Radford told ‘I’m just chuffed he is here safe and sound. It’s strange knowing you’re not going to have any more.’Her husband, who runs a pie company, added ‘It was going to end at some point. We both think this is it. I feel sad in a way but now we can get on and enjoy kids.’
They posted a picture online and wrote: ‘Boys – 10, Girls – 9 and BABY makes it 20. Arriving Sept 2017.’Just over a year ago, on July 24, they welcomed baby number 19, Phoebe, and well-wishers sent couple messages to congratulate them.Their new son joins Chris, 28 years old ,Sophie 23 years old ,Chloe 22 years old , Jack 20 years old ,Daniel 18 years old ,Luke and Millie 16 years old , Katie 14 years old ,James 13 years old ,Ellie 12 years old ,Aimee 11 years old , Josh 10 years old,Max eight years old , Tillie seven years old , Oscar five years old,Casper four years old, Hallie two years old and Phoebe, 13 months.They became grandparents when their daughter Sophie gave birth and she has gone on to have three children.
Family now live in a large £240,000 Victorian house, a former care home, that they bought 11 years ago and they pride themselves on having no credit cards or finance agreements. They also enjoy a holiday abroad every year.They spend £300 a week on food shopping, with 18 pints of milk, three litres of juice and three boxes of cereal being consumed every day.When it comes to celebrating their children’s birthdays they have a budget of £100 for presents, while at Christmas they set aside between £100 to £250.Her husband had a vasectomy during his wife’s ninth pregnancy but had it reversed when they decided to have more children.In 2013, couple starred in the Channel 4 show, 16 Kids and Counting and were filmed in their ten-bedroom home.The following year, Mrs Radford who does not receive state handouts apart from child benefit, lost a boy, called Alfie, when she was 23 weeks’ pregnant.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE RADFORDS: HOW BRITAIN’S BIGGEST FAMILY SPENDS A TYPICAL DAY
After an early start in the bakery, Mr Radford returns home every day at 7.45am to sort out children and get them to nursery at school.All their uniforms are washed and laid out the night before, while breakfast is staggered into two shifts.Six of the children are at same primary school ten minutes away and five are at secondary school. Noel drives them in a minibus which, as it carries more than nine passengers, is entitled to use bus lanes.Meanwhile, the three youngest, Oscar, Caspar and Hallie, remain at home with Sue, though Oscar goes to nursery in afternoons.The family do nine loads of washing a day, get through 30 bottles of washing liquid every month and use four toilet rolls a day.Incredibly they manage to feed the family on £300 a week, feeding them all pasta or a large stew using deals with their local butcher and greengrocer.Bathtime at home begins around 6pm and while the younger ones will be bathed and in bed by about 7pm, older ones stay up until 9pm.Mr and Mrs Radford say they are in bed by 10pm.