He may be about to collect his bus pass, but 60-year-old Les Wilson will always be a Christmas baby to his doting mum Alfreda.
Born at 3am on December 25, 1953, Les was the first Christmas baby boy delivered at the Simpson’s Memorial Pavilion during the Queen’s coronation year.
It was a proud moment for parents Stewart and Alfreda, from Musselburgh, who were presented with the Coronation Silver Cup by the Lady Provost of Edinburgh as a memento of the occasion.
It was particularly poignant for his mum Alfreda, who, as a nurse at Simpson’s, had previously missed out on the joy and excitement of delivering a Christmas baby.
“I worked on ward one at the Simpson’s from 1951 to 1953 and during that time we were quite disappointed never to have a Christmas baby,” she said.
“I was married on March 19, 1953, and I told my colleagues I would give them a Christmas baby – and lo and behold I did!”
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