The start of a new year signals fresh beginning for a lot of people, a reset that is full of optimism and hope.

But for all these mums, and dads, it really was the start of something new and very special.

We have taken a dip into the Leader archives to look at some of the New Year's babies born across the region over the years.

Some of these babies are even now parents and grandparents themselves.

It is definitely an amazing and adorable way to start the year.

To see more galleries from the Leader archives, checkout the Local Bygones section.

For more photos and chat, check out our 'Local Bygones' Facebook page, where some of those pictured have already been enjoying the trip down memory lane.

Or if you have a recent new arrival you would like to share with us, we would love to hear from you.

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