Baby Emma has Sunderland pair in 11th heaven

Ashliegh Briton and David Clark with their baby, Emma Louise Clark who was born on the 11th hour of the 11-11-11.
Ashliegh Briton and David Clark with their baby, Emma Louise Clark who was born on the 11th hour of the 11-11-11.
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LITTLE Emma Clark had a birth to remember – born on the 11th hour of the 11/11/11.

Her arrival, which was just minutes off 11.11am, gave her a palindromic birth date, reading the same forwards as it does backwards.

Luckily for mum Ashliegh Briton, her daughter did not also weigh 11lb 11oz, but 6lbs 12oz when she was born at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The birth on Armistice Day was especially poignant for dad David Clark, who serves in the Territorial Army.

Ashliegh, who lives in Pallion, said: “She was only four minutes from being born at 11 minutes past 11, but there was no way I was holding on any longer.

“She had been due on the fourth and I’d been in labour since Thursday.”

Little more than a year ago, Ashliegh’s brother Andrew, 30, from South Hylton, became a dad for the third time on the 10//10/10, with his partner Elizabeth Foulds, 31, giving birth to daughter Grace Rose Briton.

“It’s such a strange coincidence,” said Ashliegh. “Everybody was saying ‘it couldn’t happen again, surely?’, but there you go.”

The 24-year-old, who works for T-Mobile at Doxford International Business Park, plans to tie the knot with chef David in 2013.

“We’re all so happy,” she said.

“Everybody is over the moon about Emma.

“She’s doing really well and she is so well behaved.

“She was difficult to get off to sleep for the first couple of days, but now she’s fine.

“She’s absolutely beautiful.”