Proud parents of Staffordshire’s ‘Coronation Day babies’ have been claiming their unique memento of their special day.
Staffordshire County Council is offering special commemorative mugs to the first 10 Staffordshire children it hears have been born on Saturday, May 6th.
Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “The birth of any child is a special, memorable event for family and friends, but to be born on Coronation Day makes it even more auspicious.
“It’s a delightful idea by the County Council’s registration service and I hope these will become keepsakes to be kept within families and treasured as a reminder of a special moment in history.”
And the first parents have been getting in touch to tell us their good news.
Louise Sutton and Nathan Mountford, of Streethay, Lichfield, celebrated the arrival of Rory James Mountford at 1.06pm, weighing 9lb 7oz and younger brother to Zachary. Dad Nathan said: “It was already a very special magical day for us, but we are very happy for Rory that his date of birth will always be remembered as a historical moment. We bought a newspaper to keep and remember the occasion, but a special mug would be a lovely present to keep and surprise him with when he is older!”
Olivia Grace Wileman made a prompt arrival at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton, greeting her parents Chloe Vieira and Brad Wileman at 6.26am. Chloe, of Wilnecote, Tamworth, said: “We had a few family members predicting a Coronation Day arrival and our princess did just that!”
Alfie James Flowers announced his presence at Queens Hospital, Burton, at 6.56am to become the first child of Lizzie and James Flowers, of Fradley, Lichfield. Thrilled aunt Sophie Flowers said: “We are delighted with the safe arrival of beautiful Alfie. What an incredible story to tell him when he's older, that he arrived on the Coronation of King Charles, and the mug is such a nice sentimental piece to mark the occasion.”
There’s still time for people to nominate an eligible child: if one was born between 12.01am and 11.59pm on Saturday, May 6th, 2023, they should firstname.lastname@example.org or complete and submit this form.
The first 10 babies, whose families contact us, will receive the commemorative gift and be invited to a special presentation where the group can be photographed together.
Staffordshire County Council’s registration service registered 3,555 babies in the county in 2022, an average of 10 a day, and is behind the initiative as part of the Coronation celebrations.
In addition to the giveaway, the county’s archives and heritage service will also be looking back through the records and sharing previous coronation photos and images on social media. This includes a fascinating photo taken at the Mayor’s Parlour in Stafford of babies born on Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Day, on 2 June 1953. People can search for the photos on the Staffordshire Past Track website.