A newborn baby has been given a fitting name after being born on Armistice Day – Poppy.
Parents Lucy and Thomas Martindale paid tribute to the nation’s war heroes after welcoming their baby daughter into the world at 9.53am on Wednesday.
The new mum believes it’s important for the youth of today to carry on traditions and remember the fallen.
Lucy, 41, said: “I think November 11 is such an important day. We will lose traditions unless we keep it alive.
“It is vitally important we recognise the people who sacrificed their lives for us.
“My great grandparents were involved in the war.
“I thought I was going to be due on the 11th and I thought of the name Poppy.”
“My husband Thomas wasn’t keen at first. Then I mentioned it again and he said he really liked it.
“It has grown on him and now he is over the moon.”
As well as being named after the day she was born, baby Poppy has also been named after a relative Poppy Hopkins, who was also born on November 11.
Lucy, who is also mum to 19-month-old William, said: “We have called her Poppy for two reasons – it is remembrance day so it is a really nice touch to remember all the fallen soldiers and poppies are always associated with November 11.
“The other reason is that I knew a lovely lady who was also born on November 11 called Poppy.She was my cousin’s grandmother on the other side of the family.
“She was one of the kindest and nicest women I have ever met.
“She sadly passed away two years ago. Despite not being my grandmother she was always there for us.
“If my little Poppy is half the lady she was it will be an honour.”
Poppy was born weighing seven pound and two ounces at Royal Preston Hospital.