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Bunting for a pint-sized prince
ROYALIST CORE: Sandy Johns of Melford Close in
Rangiora with her blue (''It's a boy'') drink and her
royalist flag and bunting on a wall at her home.
RANGIORA RESIDENT Sandy Johns was ready
for the royal baby to arrive this week, with a
Union Jack and royalist bunting spread across
her front fence as soon as the long-awaited
announcement was made.
Mrs Johns, who lives in Melford Close, got a
text message from her next door neighbour to say
It's a boy'', so she swung into action immediately.
I did have a few tears in my eyes for Lady
Diana, who is missing out on the role of being
What I really like about Wills and Kate is the
way they involve the public so well.''
Mrs Johns, who used to live in Cheltenham,
England, with her husband Graham, said the
royal birth would spark some phenomenal street
parties in the UK''.
She is used to street parties in Melford Close.
She organised one for Queen Elizabeth's jubilee
last year, and for the Olympic Games in London,
as well as having pancake racing take place on
Mrs Johns and her husband like Melford Close
so much that when they returned from the UK
after a four-and-a-half month trip a couple of
years ago, they bought the house in Melford Close
just across the road from where they used to live.
Sandy said she was definitely a royalist.
Husband Graham said he was not really'' a
republican, although was happy to leave the
Union Jack and the bunting, to announce the
arrival of the royal baby, to his wife.
Free dip as pools re-open
KAIAPOI AQUATIC Centre will re-
open from August 17, with free
swimming that weekend between
10am and 5pm.
The centre, between Sewell and
Cass streets, was damaged in the
2011 earthquake and closed by the
Waimakariri District Council.
The Kaiapoi centre is an indoor
heated aquatic facility with a 25
metre, 6-lane main pool, and learn-
to-swim pool with a waterfall into a
toddlers' pool and beach, as well as a
hydrotherapy pool. A new type of
fabric-covered ventilation system has
Stella Rose makes a speedy arrival
on the same
day as wee
LITTLE STELLA Rose, one of
Oxford's most recent arrivals, shares
her birthday with the newest royal,
Prince George of Cambridge.
However, while the prince's advent
was awaited by millions, Stella spar-
ked quite enough drama of her own.
Her mother, Vanessa Dyer, was
due to give birth on Tuesday at
Christchurch Women's Hospital, but
instead ended up delivering her baby
in Darfield, after her midwife met
them on the road and saw they
weren't going to make it in time.
Mother and daughter were then
transferred to Rangiora Hospital the
We were just really lucky to
make it to Darfield. She could have
been born on the side of the road
somewhere,'' Vanessa said.
Her labour was less than two
hours long and even Vanessa's
mother, Michelle Wotton, who was
waiting for her in Christchurch,
arrived two minutes after the birth.
However, Vanessa's parents say
they are ecstatic.
We're over the moon,'' her father,
Mark Wotton, of Rangiora, said.
We're very proud grandparents.''
There were no births at Rangiora
Hospital to coincide with the royal
arrival on Tuesday.
We have a couple of mums here,
but there were none to share the
royal baby's birth,'' the hospital's
Jenny Walker said.
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