SCOTT Rogerson and Catherine Watt had double cause for celebration after becoming parents for the first time within hours of moving into their first home.
Little Adam Rogerson arrived in the world the day just 24 hours after hi parents moved into their new two-bedroom Housing Hartlepool semi in the town’s Easington Road.
To celebrate, the family were guests of honour at an event to mark the completion of the new properties at Easington Road, where £7m has been invested to provide much-needed affordable homes.
The pair moved in on Saturday, January 7, and Adam was born at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, the following night.
Adam, who weighed 6lbs 3oz, was three weeks early and his arrival came as quite a shock.
Scott, 23, a pharmacy technician, said: “What an amazing weekend it turned out to be.
“We got the keys to the new house on the Friday, we moved in on the Saturday, Catherine went into labour on the Sunday and Adam arrived at 9.14pm that evening.
“A fabulous new home and the arrival of a healthy baby – what more could anyone want?”
Full-time mum, Catherine, 26, said: “We certainly didn’t expect him to come so soon and it turned out to be an even busier weekend for us.
“We couldn’t be happier.”
Scott, originally from Morpeth, said the large back garden is ideal for when Adam gets older, while he is also looking forward to creating his own vegetable patch.
The pair had been living with Catherine’s dad Peter in Horden, before moving to the new development, which comprises homes for rent and sale with two, three and four bedroomed houses and bungalows.
The celebrations saw Pat White, who chairs Housing Hartlepool’s Tenant Consultation Panel, and Peter Olsen, Housing Hartlepool chairman, cutting a ribbon at the show home.
Sarah Fawcett, head of development at Vela Group, of which Housing Hartlepool is part, said: “This is an important development providing 68 much-needed high quality homes for the town.
“It is rewarding to see Scott, Catherine and their lovely baby boy, Adam, enjoying the comforts of one of our brand new homes.”
Mr Olsen said: “Vela’s input in to the regeneration of the communities in which it works makes a real difference to how local residents feel about where they live and work.
“The £7m investment has helped contribute to the transformation and regeneration of what is a main gateway into Hartlepool.”
The scheme was allocated £1.85m of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
There are a small number of houses still available for purchase either outright with the Firstbuy scheme where purchasers pay 80-per-cent of the price of the home initially or customers can buy on a shared ownership basis.
For more information about the energy efficient homes visit the show home in Easington Road, which is open Thursdays to Mondays from 10am-5pm, or call (01429) 861279.