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Can you help us to find Driffield and the Wolds’ first Coronation baby?

A beautiful, crocheted blanket marking the Coronation of King Charles III is being offered to the first baby in Driffield and the Wolds born on Coronation Day, 6th May.

The blanket has been lovingly crafted by Driffield resident Debbie Hayhurst and features images of St Edward’s Crown, the Orb and Sceptre and the Tudor Rose and has a special commemorative label with the date of the Coronation.

After completing the blanket, Debbie was unsure what to do with it and a chance suggestion from former town clerk Claire Binnington led to Debbie’s offer to give it to the first baby born on the day of the Coronation from Driffield or one of the surrounding villages.

Debbie told the Wolds Weekly: “I love to crochet, but I’m never sure what to do with the items once they are made.

“This blanket took me around five weeks to finish, following the Sirdar Coronation Keepsake Blanket Crochet Along pattern.

“The kit was a present from my partner Graeme for my birthday because he knew it would be something I’d enjoy doing and I did, but when I finished it, I wanted to be able to give it away.

“I popped into the Driffield Town Council office to ask about displaying it there for the Coronation and when I went in, I saw Claire Binnington and she said how lovely it was.

“I told her I didn’t know what to do with it and she suggested I could give it away to the first baby born on the day of the Coronation.

“I thought it was a lovely idea and hope it will be lovely keepsake for the family of the first baby born locally on Coronation Day, or if there are no local births that day, the first birth thereafter.”

Debbie is hoping that the family of any babies born on 6th May will get in touch with the Wolds Weekly so that the first born can be identified and the blanket can be handed over.

“I am looking forward to it going to a newborn baby who will share its birth date with the Coronation of King Charles III,” she added.

Debbie took up crocheting upon her retirement from Driffield School & Sixth Form in 2013 and fell in love with the craft.

She is now offering her time to help others interested in taking up the hobby.

She said: “After I retired in 2013, I was in a charity shop and saw a book about crochet and it all started from there.

“I picked it up fairly easily, even though I had never knitted or sewn before.

“I became addicted, and I find it very relaxing. You can be really creative with it and make a range of items from toys and blankets to clothes.

“It’s very simple once you get into it and I would be more than happy to help anyone who is interested in getting started.”

If you would like to contact Debbie about getting started with crochet or if you know of a baby born on the day of the Coronation, please contact the Driffield & Wolds Weekly on 01377 232875 or email news@driffieldwoldsweekly.co.uk or pop into the office at 73 Middle Street South.

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