Scheme develops civic pride

PUBLISHED: 12:32 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 May 2010

Jamie and Natalie Crofts and their son Toby are presented with their certificate by designer David Patterson and Stevenage mayor Cllr Michael Patston

Jamie and Natalie Crofts and their son Toby are presented with their certificate by designer David Patterson and Stevenage mayor Cllr Michael Patston

THE MAYOR of Stevenage is encouraging civic pride among the younger generation of the town. Councillor Michael Patston has begun to issue parents of new-born babies with a certificate welcoming the children as citizens of the town in order to begin instil

THE MAYOR of Stevenage is encouraging civic pride among the younger generation of the town.

Councillor Michael Patston has begun to issue parents of new-born babies with a certificate welcoming the children as citizens of the town in order to begin instilling pride in their place of birth.

The certificate features an 'S' for Stevenage and is designed by local illustrator David Patterson. The 'S' is written in medieval illuminated style, but has a modern twist, showcasing some of the town's modern landmarks such as the clock tower, Fairlands Valley and the cycleways.

As a joint partnership between Stevenage Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council, registrars will include the certificates in the pack that is offered to parents who register their babies at Stevenage Register Office.

The mayor marked the distribution of the certificates by personally presenting Jamie and Natalie Crofts and their son Toby Samuel Crofts (pictured), born at the Lister hospital on July 19, with the certificate.

Cllr Patston said: "Stevenage is an excellent place to grow up and is a great town. As citizens of Stevenage, we do have a lot to be proud of and I am pleased to be encouraging civic pride amongst our youth."

Parents of babies born after May 21, 2008, can contact the customer service centre at Stevenage Register Office on 01438 242242 to receive a certificate.

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