IT WILL be considered the first time in history that a Lord Mayor of Portsmouth has had a baby during their time in office.
Councillor Steven Wylie and his wife Elisabeth are expecting their second son in January and have thanked well-wishers for their support.
Cllr Wylie, who has dedicated his year in the mayoral role to his late mum Penny Wylie, 64, who died of cancer last year, said it was an exciting time for the family and the pregnancy was progressing well.
Cllr Wylie, 41, said: ‘It’s very exciting, and we would like to thank those who have helped including our midwife who has been great, and we are looking forward to it in January.
‘I dedicated this year to my mum and it’s a shame she won’t meet this grandchild, but we are very excited to add to this family.
‘When I came into office, I was proud of the fact we had a young family and it’s good we have been able to come to events together.
‘Some Lord Mayors have had a young family, but not as young as ours.
‘One of the things we are doing over the year is getting schools and nurseries to come in and visit and allowing children of all ages to see what I do.
‘We have got schoolchildren coming in over the next few months.’
Cllr Wylie said he has checked the record books and there doesn’t seem to be any other time in history where the Lord Mayor’s family has had a baby during their stint.
‘As far as we know it’s the first Lord Mayor baby in the history of Portsmouth,’ he said.
‘We are celebrating the family. It’s something a bit different.’
Cllr Wylie intends to take two weeks of paternity leave, during which time the deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr David Horne, will step up and take over duties.
The couple have one other child, Gethin, two.
Mrs Wylie, 35, who works as a nursery nurse at Highbury College, said: ‘I am over the moon to be expecting another baby and am excited about making history by giving birth to the first Lord Mayor’s baby in office.’