Britain’s largest family the Radfords open presents in their pyjamas on Christmas Day in sweet footage – after dad-of-22 Noel tested positive for COVID-19 just before the big day
- Noel Radford, 49, shares 22 children with his wife Sue, 45, at home in Lancashire
- Their Christmas video showed the children excitedly opening gifts in pyjamas
- Noel revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 and the family were self-isolating
Britain’s biggest family The Radfords – with 22 kids – unwrapped presents together in sweet footage from Christmas Day.
The Christmas video – showing mother Sue opening a ‘massive’ gift – also gave a glimpse of the family’s piles of gifts that were under their huge tree.
Noel Radford, 49, shares 22 children with his wife Sue, 45, and the family live together in Lancashire.
The children were videoed enjoying their day in dressing gowns and festive pyjamas as the busy house slowly filled up with toys.
Britain’s biggest family The Radfords – with 22 kids – unwrapped presents together in footage from Christmas Day
The Christmas video – showing mother Sue opening a ‘massive’ gift – also gave a glimpse of the family’s piles of gifts that were under their huge tree
The children also discussed Santa’s visit and some of them asked if he might have knocked any tiles off the roof when he arrived.
The children received a selection of presents including Nintendos, dolls, boardgames, necklaces and Lego.
At one point Sue can be heard saying ‘you can’t move’ as torn wrapping paper piles up and the children excitedly show off their toys.
The older children gifted their parents with several presents including a designer jumper, perfume and a box of chocolate.
Sue also excitedly opened a Shark vacuum cleaner in some of the Christmas Day footage.
Noel Radford, 49, shares 22 children with his wife Sue, 45, and the family live together in Lancashire
She says: ‘How many times have I been saying I wanted a Shark hoover? Thank you thank you.’
The video ends with Noel giving his wife a ring, and she proudly shows it off the to camera as the rest of the family gasp in excitement.
WHO ARE THE RADFORD FAMILY?
Dubbed Britain’s largest family, the Radford family is made up of Sue and Noel Radford and their 22 children.
Sue and Noel’s most recent child is Heidi, who was born in April this year, with the others being Chris, 31, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 24, Jack, 22, Daniel, 21, Luke, 19, Millie, 18, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe, three, Archie 2 and Bonnie, 1.
The couple met for the first time when Sue was seven, before going on to have their first child when Sue was 14 and Noel was 19.
They got married in 1993 when Sue turned 18, and went on to have nine children before Noel had a vasectomy – which he later had reversed.
Sadly Alfie, the couple’s 17th child, was stillborn on July 6th 2014.
Oldest siblings Chris, 31, and Sophie, 26, have moved out of the family home to start their own families.
Meanwhile, daughter Millie, 19, has now added to the brood with her daughter Ophelia, three months.
The couple are parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 25, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 19, Millie, 19, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe, three, Archie, two, and Bonnie, one and Heidi Rose, five months.
Their Christmas video comes after Noel revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 and that his family were self-isolating just before Christmas.
Noel announced his test result in a recent YouTube video before admitting that the 22-strong household were going ‘stir-crazy’ from quarantining.
The father explained how he booked a coronavirus test after losing his sense of smell, days after first ‘feeling cold and fluey’.
Speaking in the family’s clip, Noel, who lives with his wife Sue, one grandchild and 19 of his own children, said: ‘The results came back just over 24 hours later and I’m positive, so we’re all having to self-isolate for the next – I don’t know how many days we have left.
‘Everything seems to be upside down and we’re all going a bit stir-crazy, we’re in the house bored.
‘Now we’re waiting on Aimee and Daniel’s (aged 14, and 21, respectively) results to come back because they started symptoms at the same time as me.’
The three ill Radfords only had mild symptoms and stayed confined to their 10-bedroom former care home in Morecambe, along with the rest of their household.
Upon first discovering he had cold symptoms, Noel, who runs a bakery business, called 111 but said he was informed he didn’t ‘tick the correct boxes to warrant going for a test’.
But after losing his sense of smell, he was later told to order and take a test as soon as possible.
Now Noel is urging people to get a test even if their symptoms are mild.
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