The first baby born in the Preston Guild year has been welcomed into the world at Preston Royal Hospital this morning.Advertisement
Max Baldwin-Green wasn’t due until Wednesday but at 1.39am on Sunday morning he was born to mother Rebecca Baldwin.
Ms Baldwin, 27, from Longton said: “Max wasn’t due until 4th January, so his arrival on new year’s day was a surprise.
“I’m delighted and excited that Max is the first baby born in Guild year – I know the whole family will be proud as Preston Guild means so much to local people and I’m sure 2012 will be a special year.”
Matron at Royal Preston Hospital, Sue Sherlock, said the birth was “extra special”.
She said: “Max is a beautiful, healthy baby and mum, Rebecca, and the midwives did a super job of bringing him safely into the world weighing 7lb 13oz.
“It has been a very busy start to the year for the team here. Every baby born is an exciting and long awaited arrival but the babies born in 2012 are extra special deliveries as we enter an exciting Guild year.”
Max was the first of many Guild babies who are being recognised by Guild organisers with certificates and a special place in history.
Stella Hall, festival director, said: “All babies born today, and across 2012, are part of the next generation of Preston business, trade and craftspeople, sportsmen and women, musicians and artists who will contribute to the city’s prosperity and be here to celebrate the next Guild.
“It is really exciting that we have had the chance to be here and welcome them to the world.”
Ms Hall added 4,750 babies were due to be born in 2012 and each one will receive a commemorative certificate and wristband.