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A Christmas labour of love – do you recognise these babies born 50 years ago?

Maureen Dee and baby Amanda (Maureen is centre with black coat and blonde hair) during the ceremony at the Mayor's parlour

Maureen Dee and baby Amanda (Maureen is centre with black coat and blonde hair) during the ceremony at the Mayor's parlour

DO you recognise any of these babies with special birthdays?

Mandy Rochester (nee Nelson) celebrated a milestone 50th birthday on Christmas Day.

Her mother, Maureen Dee, 77, sent in this great picture which showed the town’s babies born on Christmas Day of 1963, New Year’s Day of 1964 and those who shared their birthday with Prince Edward – March 10, 1964.

The mums and their babies were invited to a special reception in the Mayor’s Parlour when a Mr T Addison was Mayor.

Christmas 1963 truly was memorable for Maureen, now of the town’s Robson Avenue.

She went into labour at midnight on Christmas Eve, but did not call a taxi until 10.30am on Christmas morning, despite her agony, as she wanted to make sure she was there to see her other children, Sandra Bulmer, now 57, Roy Nelson, 54, and Phillip Nelson, 52, open their Christmas presents.

It wasn’t until 6.50pm on Christmas Day that Mandy was born, weighing 6lb 12oz.

Maureen lived in the former Longmore Street, in the Belle Vue area, at the time and was married to the late Roy Nelson and she wed again to Ronald Dee, now 84.

Mandy is now a teaching assistant at Clavering Primary School and lives on the Bishop Cuthbert estate with husband Alec and now has her own children, Hayley, 25, and 19-year-old Carl.

 

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