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US baby named Brighton after city

Dean & Kelly Hernandez with baby Isabel Brighton
The couple plan to return to Brighton for their fifth wedding anniversary

A US couple who visited Brighton for their honeymoon loved the city so much they named their first child after it.

Dean and Kelly Hernandez, of Columbus, in Ohio, won the trip to Sussex in a charity auction run by a TV station.

Their trip four years ago included a reception at the Royal Pavilion and a stay at the Grand Hotel.

They have since had their first child, naming her Isabel Brighton, to remember "a wonderful city and its people who represent cherished memories to us".

'Good impression'

In an email to the council's tourism arm VisitBrighton, Mr Hernandez said: "We were absolutely enamoured of our experience in England but especially with Brighton and with the wonderful people we had the opportunity to meet there.

"In all of our travels around the world, there has been no place whose people made such a singularly good impression upon us."

The couple have promised to return to the city with their daughter for their fifth anniversary.

Councillor for tourism, David Smith, said: "It's an example of the sterling work staff are doing for the city behind the scenes to attract visitors and boost business."



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