Registration services end on a high

Laurena Ironside, Maureen Stephen (registrar), Emily May Ironside, Kevin Ironside and Kevin's daughter Leighana
Laurena Ironside, Maureen Stephen (registrar), Emily May Ironside, Kevin Ironside and Kevin's daughter Leighana

Registration services in Maud have ended on a high with the registration of the birth of a baby girl.

Emily May Ironside, daughter of Laurena and Kevin Ironside from Crimond, was born at 8.18am on Monday, December 1, 2014 in the maternity unit at Peterhead Community Hospital weighing 7lb 12oz.

Maureen Stephen, who has been a registrar at Aberdeenshire Council’s area office in Maud since 1976, formally registered Emily’s birth on Tuesday, December 23.

Laurena Ironside said: “We are both over the moon about the safe arrival of our daughter, it was a great end to a great year as Kevin and I were married on February 1.

“Maureen has known me since birth as her husband and my dad played football together in their younger years so it was also very special that a close family friend was able to register Emily’s birth.”

The registration service ended in Maud on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 although the marriage room remains available for weddings, civil partnerships and naming ceremonies upon request.

Registration services continue to be provided in Ellon, Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Banff.

Aberdeenshire registrars support the registration of births, marriages and deaths as well as the increasingly popular hobby of family history research.

Maureen said: “Emily’s mum Laurena is a close family friend so I was thrilled when she decided to come to Maud to register Emily’s birth.

“Although this was the last registration in Maud, I will be continuing my work with the service in the Ellon registration office where I’m looking forward to registering more important events.”

More information on the services provided can be found at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/registrars.