New Year delivery for proud parents

Lindsay Clarke and Martin Eddleston, pictured with their son, Finley Lewis Eddleston. Picture: Marie Caley D1002MC
Lindsay Clarke and Martin Eddleston, pictured with their son, Finley Lewis Eddleston. Picture: Marie Caley D1002MC

A Doncaster couple celebrated the New Year by welcoming a new addition to their family in the shape of bouncing baby Finley.

Proud parents Lindsay Clarke, 29 and Martin Eddleston, 30 were thrilled and surprised when their son was born at 4.56am on New Year’s Day.

The birth was something to celebrate for the couple who have endured a tough few years after Martin’s 13-year-old brother Lewis died in November 2012.

In tribute to the 13-year-old who was found in a ditch after going missing near Edenthorpe the couple have named their new baby Finley Lewis Eddleston.

Lindsay said: “We thought this was a nice way of keeping his memory alive. Martin’s family were over the moon that we had decided to give him Lewis as a middle name.

“It’s been a tough year but everyone has pulled together.”

Little Finley who weighed in at 6lb 8oz is the first child for the couple who live in Danesthorpe Close, Wheatley Hills.

“He is absolutely gorgeous, we are so happy. He’s a real wriggler, I don’t think it’ll be long before he’s rolling over, he’s really strong.”

Speaking about the delivery Lindsay said: “My due date was January 4 but I had to be induced, it was supposed to be on the Sunday but they couldn’t get me in until Monday.

“We were convinced he was going to be born in 2013 but it made it extra special that he arrived on New Year’s Day.

“It was surreal hearing the fireworks going off for New Year and being in labour.

“They said my labour was a lot better than most so I dread to think what it’s like for other women.

“I don’t think I’ll be having another one anytime soon.”

Lindsay was supported throughout the birth by partner Martin and her best friend and birthing partner Mandy Smart - affectionately known as midwife Panks throughout the pregnancy.

“I couldn’t have done it without them, they were both brilliant.

“I also want to thank the three midwives Sue Bell, Helen Strickland and Louise Whitlam they were fantastic.”