Baby Waverley just the ticket for Borders Railway
• Baby girl’s middle name inspired by new route
The rebirth of the Borders Railway has been celebrated by two former project employees who have named their daughter after the long awaited new line. Odell-May Waverley Black, whose middle name was inspired by the landmark project, was born just five months before the railway is due to open.
Odell-May's parents, Natasha and Daniel, met seven years ago whilst delivering Borders Railway leaflets to the public shortly after the Scottish Parliament passed the Act which authorised the construction of the railway. Natasha and Daniel were both summer interns at the project’s solicitors Brodies LLP. Following his internship, Daniel continued to work full time for the firm. Their relationship continued to flourish and they married five years later and now live in Edinburgh.
Network Rail, which has led the construction of the project, has gifted the family golden tickets for the inaugural journey along the new route on 5th September.
Odell-May's mum, Natasha Black, said: "Daniel and I met whilst I was doing a summer job at Brodies. Our roles saw us travel throughout the Scottish Borders delivering information about the project to homes along what was then the proposed new rail route. You could say our relationship started on the A7 which isn't exactly romantic!
"When we discovered we were due a baby last year, we came up with lots of different names. We then got to thinking about how we met and felt it was appropriate to include a reference to the railway. Waverley seemed a sensible choice and was also reflective of the old Borders route and our history together.
"As well as having a nice ring to it, her name also has real meaning. It's a fun story to tell our friends and family and we look forward to telling her about its origins when she's older too!
"We’re so pleased to have been gifted the golden tickets. The last time we took a journey down to the Borders, it was just the two of us on the A7, so it'll be brilliant to be able to experience the new railway as a family all these years later! I imagine it will be the first of many family trips down the new line."
Craig Bowman, Senior Communications Manager, Network Rail, said: “Congratulations to Natasha and Daniel. Their early dedication to the project has helped to give new life to the Waverley route and it’s great that they have celebrated that in the naming their daughter. It seemed only right that we congratulated them by gifting the family tickets for the opening weekend. We hope they enjoy the experience.”
Golden tickets to ride on the inaugural journey of the Borders Railway route are being offered to members of the public. For your last chance to apply for tickets, visit the council websites for either Edinburgh, Midlothian or Scottish Borders.
Parents Natasha and Daniel Black with baby Odell-May Waverley Black.
Baby Odell-May Waverley Black
Parents Natasha and Daniel with baby Odell-May Waverley.