First christening takes place in Cranbrook

PUBLISHED: 10:27 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:27 08 November 2013

Andy Smith with his son Dylan and mum and grandmother that make up the four generations. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhc 8309-45-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.cranbrookherald.com and click on myphotos24

Andy Smith with his son Dylan and mum and grandmother that make up the four generations. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhc 8309-45-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.cranbrookherald.com and click on myphotos24

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Baby Dylan was awarded with the honour.

Cranbrook’s first christening service took place on Sunday, November 3, at St Martin’s School, marking an historic religious moment for the town.

Seven-month old Dylan Smith, of Seven Acres, was baptised by Cranbrook’s minister, the Reverend Mark Gilborson, in a tender ceremony.

Surrounded by family and friends, Dylan remained relaxed throughout the baptism.

Proud mum Jo said: We purely wanted to have Dylan christened here because Cranbrook is the town he is going to grow up in.

“He was one of the first babies born in Cranbrook, and now he is the first to be christened here – we’re honoured.

“It was such a special, personal day and the efforts of everyone were really appreciated.”

Jo has described Dylan as Cranbrook’s ‘own little Prince George’, as he is blessed with six godparents, just one less than Prince George himself.

For Mr Gilborson, the christening was a moment to celebrate, and he has nine more requests to carry out baptisms.

Dylan’s father, Andy, said: We could not have picked a better person to christen our child than Mark.

“He’s so down to earth. He’s done a lot for this town, including the toddler group, where two of our children attend.”

Mark added: “Dylan was exceptionally well behaved throughout the baptism, and myself and the church are delighted welcome him and his family. It was a lovely christening and it was so nice to see so many smiles.

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