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A very special Father’s Day for two North East families as they welcome their newborn babies

Two Tyneside families welcomed a very special Father’s Day gift to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary this year: a newborn baby.

One mother said having a baby on Father’s Day was a nice bonus – and she didn’t have to worry about getting anything for her husband this year.




Ginny and Sean Somerville live in Prudhoe, Northumberland. Sean is a builder, while Ginny is a veterinary nurse and also teaches veterinary nursing. Ginny told ChronicleLive that she had given birth to a tiny baby boy – weighing eight pounds and one ounce.

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  • She said: “Everything is fine and we literally just got home and went through the front door. It’s quite fun, we have a lot of June birthdays in our family!

    “What a great gift for him. I don’t need to buy him anything else for Father’s Day this year, I gave him a child.”

    Alix-Jay Dover and Lee Johnston with baby Bradley – welcomed into the world at RVI in Newcastle on Father’s Day 2024(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

    She said the baby’s siblings were excited to meet him, adding: “I was so induced that we got here quite early yesterday – so it’s lovely to come home.”

    Alix-Jay Dover, 25, and Lee Johnston, 28, from Stanley, County Durham, welcomed baby Bradley into the world at 5.13am. He was two days early and weighed seven pounds, seven and a half ounces.

    Engraver Alix, who is also mum to Rhys, eight, said: “I had the feeling he was coming on a bank holiday with Father’s Day coming up. He’s coming on Father’s Day and I think that’s great for Lee, especially because it’s also his first child.

    “It was wonderful to see him for the first time. It’s very special to finally meet him.”

    Lee, who works as an internet car salesman, added: “It was the best gift ever. It was lavish, I’m just really proud of AJ. It was crazy seeing him for the first time and he had so much hair!”

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