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Matthew David is Anne and Peter's youngest son and was born in Norwich on January 10th, 1984. The photo above shows Matt and then girlfriend (now wife) Emma Frost taken in the garden of our Hethersett home in August 2006 

Matt's  is  a  police officer with Norfolk Constabulary. He holds a degree in physical education from Leeds Metropolitan University, having gained A levels in PE, accountancy and geography at the Hewett School in Norwich. He previously attended Woodisde School, Hethersett, Hethersett Middle School and Hethersett High School.

Matt is a keen sportsman and has played football for a number of local teams and is currently captain of Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club's second eleven, having played for the club since his days as a youth cricketer.

He met Emma when they both worked at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett. They were married in St Remigius Church, Hethersett in May, 2013 with the Rev Mary Kerslake officiating. Matt and Emma have had three children. Sadly their first son Oliver David was stillborn on September 1st, 2011. Their second son Elliot Oliver was born on what would have been Oliver's first birthday on September 1st, 2012 and their daughter Poppy Rose was born on February 6th, 2015.

Below is a description of the day Matt was born from Peter's diary entry made at the time:

Tuesday January 10th, 1984

One of those days that will stay in the mind for ever. Simply it saw the birth of our second child and it turned out to be another boy - Matthew David.

Woke up at 2 a.m to find that Anne was having tell-tale pains and obvious contractions. But she didn't seem at all worried and insisted on waiting until 4 a.m.

I made a cup of tea and she took some pain killers. But the pains didn't ease off and it began to look as if it was not a false alarm. So I called Jean Larner* and went to pick her up and then set off for the hospital, arriving at approaching 4.30 a.m

It didn't seem at all sure that the labour had started and at one point it looked as if it would be back to the ward. But then things began to happen and, although the whole process was extremely painful, it was really only half as long as Christopher had been.

It was a straightforward birth as well and he popped out at 8.40 a.m weighing in at 7lb 3oz. After the birth we were able to relax a little and eventually a cup of tea and some toast came round.

I stayed to make sure everything was okay and then left at about 10 a.m. I drove to work and parked the car in the front section (naughty naughty). Despite the fact that I had missed almost a night's sleep I didn't feel too tired. So I got down to work after answering numerous questions and getting numerous congratulatory remarks.

Worked through until lunchtime and then went to the canteen.

Then went to Boots to get some toiletries and goods and then to the card shop. Back at work I went through until 3 p.m and then drove to the hospital to see Anne and Matthew. Stayed there until 4.15 p.m and during that time popped to the shops to get Anne some drink and a magazine.

After leaving the hospital I drove back to Hethersett and stopped at Jeans to pick Christopher up. Then it was back home to get tea for myself.

Then played with Christopher for a while and bathed him and put him to bed. During that time I almost fell asleep. But I managed to rally and see the rest of the evening through.

That meant an hour's worth of telephone calls, both local and long distance. That done I got a call from Anne and had a chat. Watched television for a while and then had a bath and went to bed nice and early to read and get some much needed sleep.


* - Jean is a friend from Hethersett. She looked after Christopher whilst we were at the hospital. She still lives in the village.

It amazes me how matter of fact I seem to have been about this whole event even to the extent of going back to work shortly after the birth.

At the time I worked for Eastern Counties Newspapers in Norwich. It is interesting to note that back in the 1980s nobody knew the sex of their offspring until the birth. Nowadays it's quite normal to find out the sex of a baby weeks in advance. 

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