Newborn arrivals greet the New Year

Happy family: Amy Williams and Gareth Mills, of Penwortham, with their son Henry Steven, born at 3.03 am on New  Year's Day, with Nana and Grandpa, Jackie and Stephen Williams, and Great Nan Jean Bradshaw

Happy family: Amy Williams and Gareth Mills, of Penwortham, with their son Henry Steven, born at 3.03 am on New Year's Day, with Nana and Grandpa, Jackie and Stephen Williams, and Great Nan Jean Bradshaw

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New year celebrations will never be the same for parents who welcomed their new arrivals yesterday.

Midwives at the Royal Preston Hospital said they were “very busy” throughout the day, with the first, Henry Steven Mills, born at 3.03am to Amy Williams, 25, and Gareth Mills, 29, of Penwortham.

Gareth, an estate agent, said: “It’s a fantastic feeling and it’s even more special to know that he was the first baby born in Preston in 2015.

“He kept us waiting though, he was due on December 22, but it was worth it.”

The couple found out they were expecting while teaching in China, and decided to return home for the birth.

At 10lb 8oz, he has been described as “a big lad” by his dad, and at 62cm long, is the longest baby one of the midwives had ever delivered.

After a nine-hour labour and weighing 8lbs 4.5oz, Seren Ruth Roscoe was third to make her appearance, born to mum Rebecca Roscoe, 27, and dad Martin Roscoe, 29, of Bamber Bridge at 5.30am, thoughshe had been expected on another big occasion - Christmas Day.

Rebecca said: “Her name means ‘star’, we chose it to be Christmas themed, but she decided to wait a little longer.

“We didn’t know when I got induced on Wednesday morning whether she’d be born at the end of one year or the beginning of another.”

Martin said: “It’s extra special that she’s been born on New Year’s Day, and at least her birthday will be easy to remember!”

He added: “I feel fuzzy and warm, it’s like having a new friend.”

Amira Hajdari was born 10 days after her due date at 8.05am to first-time parents Angelika Ptak, 25, and Arian Hajdari, 35, of Deepdale. She weighed 8lbs.

Angelika said: We didn’t expect her on New Year’s Day, but it’s very special, much better than being born on December 31.”

Dominika Phillips-Blackburn, 32, and Des Blackburn, 31, of Croston, welcomed their first child Gabriela into the world at 8.28am, weighing 8lbs 14oz.

Sports analyst Des said: “She was two weeks overdue, so she let us enjoy Christmas but kept us guessing.

“It’s a day I’ll never forget, but it is a bit scary to become a dad.”