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Isabelle Poppy Flounders
Isabelle Poppy Flounders

THIS little cutie will be celebrating a very proud birthday tomorrow – as millions of people pay their respects to the nation’s war dead.

Tiny Isabelle Poppy Flounders, from the Clavering area of Hartlepool, made a memorable arrival into the world at 11.11am on November 11, 2011.

The Hartlepool Mail reported last year how the little girl beat the odds to be born at the patriotic moment, just after millions had observed a two-minute silence to remember fallen servicemen.

A year on, her family are set for a party to mark Isabelle’s first birthday at The Saxon pub, in Easington Road, Hartlepool.

But as well as the day being a time for fun for the youngster, the family also acknowledge the solemn reason Isabelle’s birthday is so important.

Mum Nikki Llewellyn, 29, who lives in the Clavering area, said: “We will be having a party with about 15 little ones and their parents at 3pm.

“But we will be having a two-minute silence at 11am and have got our poppies ready.”

Dad Leo Flounders, a 26-year-old joiner from the King Oswy area, added: “It’s was crazy that Isabelle just so happened to be born at 11.11am on November 11, 2011.

“My grandfather Douglas Flounders, who passed away about 10 years ago, was a soldier and Remembrance Sunday is an important time for us.

“We will tell Isabelle when she was older about the significance of when she was born.”

The Mail reported last year that Isabelle’s birth, at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, was dramatic as Nikki’s waters broke at 33 weeks.

Nikki had been in and out of hospital after her waters broke prematurely while she was at home.

Isabelle came into the world at the poignant moment - also the day of her auntie Joanne Llewellyn’s 30th birthday - following a Caesarean section, weighing 6lb 7oz.

Leo said: “Despite her being premature I would say Isabelle is quite advanced.
“She started walking just before she was 10 months old, she is spot on and we are really proud.”

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