Monday 23 October 2017

Couple follow Andrew's baby tip

Arthur Andrew Lofthouse with his proud parents Tom and Judy Lofthouse
Arthur Andrew Lofthouse with his proud parents Tom and Judy Lofthouse

A newborn boy has been named after Prince Andrew following the Royal's successful advice on how to hurry the overdue baby along.

When expectant parents Lieutenant Tom Lofthouse and his wife Judy spoke to the Duke of York at a Royal Navy Wings Parade last week, he suggested that eating a curry might speed things up.

Later that evening baby Arthur was born, and he was given the middle name "Andrew" as a nod to the Prince's effective advice.

Lieutenant Lofthouse had not anticipated his wife being at his Wings Parade at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, as he qualified as a Sea King Pilot, as they had been expecting the arrival of their son a week earlier.

Judy, 29, said that two weeks before the parade on January 29 she was told birth was imminent, and four days earlier had been informed that she was technically in established labour.

She added: "I was keeping everything crossed and astonishingly not only did we get to attend but our son was born later that night, following advice from the Duke of York to have a curry (which we did).

"I feel so incredibly lucky and immensely proud. It was without doubt the best day of my life."

In just 24 hours Lt Tom Lofthouse became a fully fledged member of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm family, and a dad.

He said: "The Duke of York advised my wife to have a curry which we did that evening and it seemed to do the trick, therefore we couldn't resist adding Andrew as a middle name, Arthur Thomas Andrew Lofthouse".

As well as Lt Lofthouse, Prince Andrew presented Wings to Lieutenant Danielle Welch, 30, who was the very first and last woman to become a Royal Navy ab-initio Lynx pilot, Lieutenant Rhydian Edwards, who also qualified to fly the Lynx, and Lieutenant Matthew Clark, who will also fly the Sea King.

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