Graham Walton remembers the day the bombshell hit. Well, he says, it felt like a bombshell at the time.
Graham’s wife Janet had been told at the age of 16 that she was unlikely to have children naturally, and the couple thought they’d exhausted the medical help available at the time.
They went on holiday to Malta to have a think about the adoption offer – but by the time they returned, events had overtaken them. Janet was pregnant – with sextuplets. Graham – our very own Pa Walton – was about to become one of the most famous fathers of all, six times over.
The rest is history. The Walton sextuplets – Hannah, Ruth, Luci, Kate, Jennie and Sarah – were born in Liverpool on 18 November, 1983. Arriving 31 and a half weeks into their mother’s pregnancy, they made front-page news, capturing the hearts of the nation, not just their parents.