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BBC Scotland's Asad Ahmad reports
"Daniel - the first new home-born Scot of the millennium"
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Saturday, 1 January, 2000, 18:16 GMT
Babies have a millennium bawl

Baby Daniel Baby Daniel arrived minutes after the Hogmanay bells


For some mothers and fathers-to-be in Scotland, midnight brought more than a new century.

Several babies were born just minutes after midnight, securing them their own small places in the history books of the new millennium.

A baby boy was born at 0004GMT in the Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital.

Joanne McConville and her new son Daniel, who weighed in at 6lb 15oz, were both doing well, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Hospital 'thrilled'

The proud mother, whose partner Robert Gordon was at the hospital, said: "We are delighted at the birth of our new boy and are just relieved that the baby is fine and healthy.

"It's really exciting to have the first baby in Glasgow and we're over the moon."


Glasgow couple and baby Robert, Joanne and baby Daniel
Heather Young, senior midwife at the hospital, said: "Staff are thrilled to greet the first baby of the millennium here at the Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital.

"This is a very auspicious occasion for all of us and we wish the mother and baby well."

A minute later, at 0005GMT, the first of a set of twins was born at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and parents Zenna and Gary Doherty, from Letham, in Angus, were said to be overjoyed.

Their baby girl, named Jay and weighing 5lbs 15oz, was born at five minutes past midnight, while Jordan, who weighed in at 8lbs 0.25oz was born at 29 minutes into the new century.

A spokesman for Tayside University Hospitals Trust said he did not think the couple, who already have a three-year-old boy called Struan, had been planning a millennium baby.

He said: "The birth due date they were given was 17 January but the midwife warned them at the time that they should take a couple of weeks off that because she was expecting twins."

The spokesman said he did not know how long the labour had taken, but said Mrs Doherty had described it as "perfect".

Northern light

In Aberdeen, a baby girl was born at 0007GMT to proud parents John and Julie Beckett.

A spokeswoman for Aberdeen Maternity Hospital said the little girl was the first to be born in the city.

Mr Beckett, 30, said Phebe weighed in at 7lb 10oz. Both her and her mother, who is 18, were doing well.

He said: "I was over the moon, really chuffed. It is our first baby and this is a great way to start the new year.

Edinburgh arrival

A spokeswoman for the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary said a woman from Guiseley, near Leeds, West Yorkshire, gave birth to a baby boy at 0015GMT.

Julie and Andrew O'Brien were visiting friends in the city for the millennium when Mrs O'Brien went into premature labour.

The hospital spokeswoman said the mother and baby were doing well.

Another couple at the hospital who wished to remain anonymous gave birth to a baby girl at 0008GMT.

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