Lola delights family by arriving on hero Eddie’s birthday

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SLEEPING soundly in her parents’ arms, little Lola Dixon is blissfully unaware of the legacy she carries on in her name.

The newborn, whose full name is Lola Doris Eddy Dixon, is the great-granddaughter of Arctic Convoy veteran Eddie Grenfell.

(l-r) Trudie Grenfell (grandmother), Lola Doris Eddy Dixon, Michelle Kays (mum) and Andy Dixon (dad). ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150124-255)1

(l-r) Trudie Grenfell (grandmother), Lola Doris Eddy Dixon, Michelle Kays (mum) and Andy Dixon (dad). ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150124-255)1

And her family is over the moon after mum Michelle Kays gave birth to her a week early – on the exact date Eddie was born 95 years ago.

Michelle, 37, of Oliver Road in Southsea, said: ‘I couldn’t have been happier.

‘When we knew the due date, which was six days after Lola was actually born, I saw how close it was to his birthday and thought it would be amazing.

‘But I never thought it would actually happen.

19/12/12  RM''Cdr Eddie Grenfell celebrates at home in Portsmouth after hearing the news that a medal is finally going to be granted to sailors who took part in the Russian convoys during World War Two.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (124116-1) ENGPPP00120121219142427

19/12/12 RM''Cdr Eddie Grenfell celebrates at home in Portsmouth after hearing the news that a medal is finally going to be granted to sailors who took part in the Russian convoys during World War Two.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (124116-1) ENGPPP00120121219142427

‘Then the pains started a day before his birthday.’

Eddie Grenfell was born on January 17, 1920 and died on June 28, 2013, at the end of a long campaign for justice for his fellow Arctic Convoy veterans.

His long fight was won shortly before his death when the government agreed to strike the Arctic Star medal.

To keep his legacy alive, Michelle and Lola’s father Andy Dixon, 33, decided to give her the middle name of Eddy.

Andy said: ‘Lola being born on the same day is a lovely connection with Michelle’s late grandfather who is a hero in our eyes.

‘We had hoped she would come on Eddie’s birthday but never thought it would actually happen.’

Michelle and Andy say they are glad to have had a girl as it would have been too much of a coincidence if their baby turned out to be a boy.

‘But she definitely has grandad’s nose,’ Michelle added.

‘We kept the sex of our baby a surprise, although we were all convinced it would be a boy.

‘Grandad loved babies and I know he would have thought the world of Lola.’

Michelle’s mum Trudie Grenfell, 67, of Southsea, said she was amazed by the coincidence.

‘It is absolutely fantastic and so wonderful,’ she said.

‘It’s just as if he is with us and watching over us.

‘It is all just such a coincidence because dad was born on a Saturday as well and so was Lola.

‘We’re trying to find out what time he was born now to see if it is close to Lola’s at 10.07am.’

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