Leeds New Year baby Vinny-Jay arrives literally seconds after Big Ben chimes in 2016

Parents Ashley Bradley and Sophie Graves with their newborn son Vinny-Jay. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Parents Ashley Bradley and Sophie Graves with their newborn son Vinny-Jay. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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Vinny-Jay Colin Bradley was the first baby to be born on New Years’ Day in Leeds – and possibly the country.

The healthy 6lb 6oz tot was born at Leeds St James’s Hospital less than a minute after the UK marked the arrival of 2016.

Vinny-Jay Colin Bradley. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Vinny-Jay Colin Bradley. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

His parents Ashley Bradley and Sophie Graves, who live in Belle Isle, were given an extra reason to celebrate seconds after fireworks lit up the skies and millions nationwide heard the chiming of London’s Big Ben live on television at midnight.

Little Vinny-Jay, who was due a week later on January 7, is the couple’s second child after the birth of their daughter Lily-Mae three years ago.

Dad Ashley explained that doctors at St James’s told the family that they planned to induce labour on Thursday after the unborn baby’s condition was observed for a day in hospital, but within minutes Sophie’s waters broke naturally.

Ashley, 29, told the YEP: “He was born about 45 seconds into the New Year – it hadn’t even got a minute into the New Year and he was born.

Parents Ashley Bradley and Sophie Graves with their newborn son Vinny-Jay. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Parents Ashley Bradley and Sophie Graves with their newborn son Vinny-Jay. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

“I found the birth quite emotional as my partner had an emergency C-section with our first baby and this one was born naturally.”

Adorable Vinny-Jay clearly could not wait to come into the world and had impeccable timing for his arrival on to the scene in 2016.

“It was quite a shock,” Ashley continued. “We were told that the LGI actually phoned up St James’s saying that they had the first at eight minutes past and the staff said ‘no we have had one who was born bang on midnight’.

“It’s something to tell him when he’s a little bit older.

“It’s a nice little memento and it would be nice to know if he was the first in the country – I really wouldn’t be surprised if he was.”

Vinny-Jay’s mum Sophie, who is 22, is now resting up in hospital with newborn Vinny-Jay, who himself is doing well.

The first Leeds baby to be born last year was Vienna Alba Rose Scherrer, who arrived at Leeds General Infirmary on Thursday January 1 at 2.07am.

The Pudsey tot was born to parents Lauren Curtis and Morgan Scherrer.

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