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Say hello to little Union Jack
THIS is Union Jack – a baby with the most patriotic name in Basingstoke.
The new arrival at Basingstoke hospital was given the unusual name after being born following The Queen’s four-day Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Union Jack Neil Smart, to give him his full name, entered the world on the evening of June 6, weighing 7lb and 11oz.
His father Kevin Smart, of Beckett Gardens, Bramley, came up with the distinctive name the following day when he was chatting to his work colleagues, while his partner Becky Parker recovered in hospital.
The 47-year-old baker said: “My sister-in-law was trying to suggest names. Because of the Jubilee, she was saying it had to be William or Harry.
“I suddenly thought Union and the middle name could be Jack. I just wanted something different from a normal name.
“He was born on D-Day, just after the Jubilee weekend and before The Queen’s birthday, so I thought it was quite fitting.”
After running the name past his partner’s sisters, who approved, he rushed to the hospital to ask Becky.
The 38-year-old mum said: “My first thought was no, but I have really warmed to it. People kept coming in and asking what we were calling him, and I said my partner wants to call him Union Jack. It has just stuck. All the nurses thought it was lovely because of the time of year.”
The couple are yet to register the birth but plan to do so in the next few days. They researched the name on the internet, and couldn’t find any other Unions in the UK.
Union joins his brothers Oscar, two, and Joshua, three, as well as his 10-year-old sister Siobhan and 14-year-old brother Hayden, who both live in Swindon, Wiltshire.
But while his parents say they are chuffed with the name, not everyone has been so keen, including Kevin’s mum.
Kevin said: “A few people have said we can’t call him that because he’s going to be teased. But he’s my child and I can call him what I like. How many people do you know the middle names of? It’s a good fit.”