Hunt is on for Sunderland babies born on same day as Prince William

Pictured from left are the Wearside mums who gave birth on the same day as the Princess of Wales - back, Mrs Claire Belford, Mrs Janet Owen, Mrs Gillian Girdzusz; front, Mrs Maureen Balcombe, Mrs Evelyn Garbutt and Mrs Carole Shaw.
Pictured from left are the Wearside mums who gave birth on the same day as the Princess of Wales - back, Mrs Claire Belford, Mrs Janet Owen, Mrs Gillian Girdzusz; front, Mrs Maureen Balcombe, Mrs Evelyn Garbutt and Mrs Carole Shaw.
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THE search is on for the six Wearsiders who have a special connection to royal groom-to-be Prince William.

The 28-year-old prince is set to wed fiancée Kate Middleton – who has Wearside links – at the end of this month.

Born on June 21, 1982, Prince William shares his birthday with four boys and two girls born in Sunderland.

Mums Claire Belford, from Downhill; Janet Owen, from Fulwell; Gillian Girdzusz, from Hendon; Evelyn Garbutt, from Houghton; Maureen Balcombe, from Roker, and Carole Shaw, from Rickleton, all gave birth at Sunderland District Hospital on the same day that William arrived.

Four of the mums had boys but none decided to name them after the baby prince.

At the time, Mrs Owens, of Zion Terrace, Fulwell, said: “As far as I’m concerned, it is just as good for Lady Di to give birth on the same day as me, as the other way round.

“I am not at all impressed.

“People kept saying to me, wouldn’t it be good if I gave birth on the same day as Lady Di.

“But so what?”

And none of the mums said they liked the favoured name for the royal baby of George.

“I don’t think it’s a very fashionable name at the moment,” Mrs Girdzusz, of Hendon, said.

The Echo is now making an appeal for the six mums to come forward and let us know what their babies are doing now.

If you are the son or daughter of any of the mums, please contact us.

Call 501 7259 or email cara.houchen@northeast-press.co.uk