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Orkney’s Christmas baby boom!

Christmas babies at Balfour Hospital Maternity Ward. From the left: Tarik Scollay born on Christmas Eve to Graham and Netsi Scollay, Ronnie Leonard born on Christmas Day to Alex and Davy Leonard, Thorfinn Stuart Fraser born on Boxing Day to Shereen Linklater and John Fraser and Olivia Mary Soames-Moodie born on Boxing Day born Emma Moodie and Rolf Soames.  (www.theorcadianphotos.co.uk)

Christmas is a time for being with family, eating plenty of food and — of course — and opening presents.

But, for four Orkney families, this special time of year brought the best gift of all — new life.

Balfour Hospital Maternity Unit saw a bumper baby boom, this week, with three baby boys and one peedie lass all born during the festive period.

For more on this story, see page seven of today’s edition of The Orcadian.

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