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New arrivals at West Suffolk Hospital and newlyweds celebrate in Bury St Edmunds on February 29




It only happens once every four years and February 29 was an extra special day for some on Saturday.

Double trouble arrived six weeks early in the early hours of Leap Day as Ellen Butcher and Rory Palmer, of Lakenheath, welcomed twins at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

Olly Arthur was born at 2.25am, weighing 5lb 12.5oz, and Ivy Esther was welcomed to the world at 3.03am, weighing 6lb 1oz.

Leap Year twins - Olly Arthur and Ivy Ester were born on a leap day. Pictured with Dad Rory Palmer and Mum Ellen Butcher. Picture by Mecha Morton
Leap Year twins - Olly Arthur and Ivy Ester were born on a leap day. Pictured with Dad Rory Palmer and Mum Ellen Butcher. Picture by Mecha Morton

The twins were induced due to worries about Olly’s weight, but it turned out both were a very healthy size.

They are being monitored on the neonatal unit for a few days, while mum Elen has also been recovering at the hospital.

Olly and Ivy are siblings to Ellen’s daughters Amelia and Madison.

Leap Year twins - ..Olly Arthur and Ivy Ester were born on a leap day. Picture by Mecha Morton
Leap Year twins - ..Olly Arthur and Ivy Ester were born on a leap day. Picture by Mecha Morton

Rory said the twins were doing well and added: “We are halfway through doing an extension to get more bedrooms. We only had the windows put in on Thursday. We came to the hospital for a scan on Friday and were told we weren’t leaving.

“It’s pretty cool that they arrived on February 29.”

- Little Chloe Michelle Candler was born two weeks early at West Suffolk Hospital at 12.06am on Saturday, weighing 6lb 4ozs.

Natalia Baranowska and Carl Candler with Chloe Michelle Candler, born at West Suffolk Hospital on leap day 2020
Natalia Baranowska and Carl Candler with Chloe Michelle Candler, born at West Suffolk Hospital on leap day 2020

She is a first child for parents Natalia Baranowska and Carl Candler, of Thetford, after Natalia was induced due to concerns over high sugar levels.

“I am so thankful but I wasn’t expecting to have a c-section or for her to come on February 29,” said Natalia.

“Chloe is good as gold. I still have moments I can’t believe she’s here.”

Natalia Baranowska and Carl Candler with Chloe Michelle Candler, born at West Suffolk Hospital on leap day 2020
Natalia Baranowska and Carl Candler with Chloe Michelle Candler, born at West Suffolk Hospital on leap day 2020

- Josie and Rory Taylor welcomed their daughter at West Suffolk Hospital just after the 11th hour on Leap Day.

Josie, who runs princess parties and events firm A Fairytale Fantasia and is well known for portraying the Snow Queen at parties and events – including the annual Christmas lights switch-on in Bury St Edmunds – now has her very own princess in baby Rosalie Raven.

Rosalie arrived 12 days after her due date, at 11.03pm, weighing 7lb 9oz.

Parents Josie and Rory Taylor with new baby Rosalie Raven, born on February 29. Picture by Mark Westley
Parents Josie and Rory Taylor with new baby Rosalie Raven, born on February 29. Picture by Mark Westley

It was a long labour for Josie, but Rosalie is ‘absolutely fine’.

“We were a bit worried at first about her birthday being on February 29 and people thinking it’s one birthday every four years, but we’ve had so much love and support from people saying it’s an extra special day,” said Josie.

“Everyone is absolutely besotted with Rosalie.”

Parents Josie and Rory Taylor with new baby Rosalie Raven, born on February 29. Picture by Mark Westley
Parents Josie and Rory Taylor with new baby Rosalie Raven, born on February 29. Picture by Mark Westley

This year’s Leap Day babies will be able to vote aged four, celebrate their 10th birthdays in 2060 and get a bus pass on their 17th birthdays.

- Bury St Edmunds couple Johnny Clitheroe and Zoe Burch enjoyed a 50s-themed wedding at Bury Register Office, on Angel Hill, on Saturday.

Their four-year-old son Tyler was the ring bearer.

Johnny Clitheroe and Zoe Burch got married on leap day. Picture by Mecha Morton
Johnny Clitheroe and Zoe Burch got married on leap day. Picture by Mecha Morton

Jonny said: “It was fantastic. She is a beautiful woman and it was a very special day.”


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