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Sun, sea and arrivals to launch 2016

Sun, sea and arrivals to launch 2016 MAKING A SPLASH: Five-year-old Madie Costelloe, of Mayfield, jumps into the arms of her mum Nikki Costelloe at Newcastle Ocean Baths on New Year’s Day.
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KEEPING COOL: Shaye Bower, 8, of Edgeworth, at Newcastle Ocean Baths.

THE NIGHT BEFORE: Exercise and excess on the Newcastle foreshore.

EARLY ARRIVAL: Andie Brown was due in late January, but surprised her mum and dad Amy and Paul Brown to be Newcastle’s first baby of 2016. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

WELL BEHAVED: There were a few signs of the previous night’s revelry at Honeysuckle.

CHILLIN’: Riley Rothwell, of Highfields, Hamish Young, of Bar Beach and Nick Seah, of New Lambton Heights, enjoy some sustenance on New Year’s Day.

HERE COMES FUN: Twelve-year-old Jackson Bunn, of Coal Point, was one of thousands in the Hunter to head to the beach on the first day of 2016. Picture: Marina Neil.

STINGING: Blue bottles were the main annoyance at Bar and Merewether beaches.

TweetFacebook New Year’s Day in NewcastleThe Hunter eased into 2016 by getting outdoors.WHEN Amy Brown arrived ather job ina Gateshead pathology lab on New Year’s Eve, having Newcastle’s first baby of 2016was the last thing on her mind.

But at12.40am on January 1,after being senthomeand callinghusband Paul,MrsBrown gavebirth to adaughter,Andie,at John Hunter Hospital. She was due on January 23.

“Iwent into labour and 40 minutes later she was here,” Mrs Brown said.

“She’s doing great, she’s beautiful.”

The Woodrising mother of a one-year-old, who also hasa 14-year-old stepdaughter, said Andie’s birthday couldcausescheduling clashes in years to come.

“I think it means no one in the family is allowed to have a big night on New Year’s Eve, because they’ll have Andie’s birthday the next night.”

EARLY ARRIVAL: Andie Brown was due in late January, but surprised her mum and dad Amy and Paul Brown to be Newcastle’s first baby of 2016. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

Most Novocastrians spent their first day of the yearonmore restful pursuits than giving birth.

Word ofsharks offBlacksmiths beachmade its way up the coast by theafternoon, andthere was more aquatic villainyin the blue bottleslitteringBar Beach, Merewether and Redhead.

Catchingwaves on agiant inflatable donut was Jackson Bunn, of Coal Point, up for the day withdad Eddie.

“He’shaving fun,” Mr Bunn snr said, as Jacksonran back into the surf.

Wordlessly demolishing two giant serves ofchips at the batter-smellingBar Beach kiosk were teenage mates Riley Rothwell, Hamish Young and Nick Seah, who’d enjoyedthefireworks at Honeysuckle.

“We’re just gonna hang around today,chill,” Mr Seah, of New Lambton Heights, said.

At Honeysuckle, the only sign of the previous night’s festivities was the oddcanor tangle of confetti.

IGA owner Peppie Winkler was swamped lastNew Year’s Day, but said the rush of customerswas more manageable this time around.

“I think there were more people around this year,” Mr Winkler said.

“They werespaced out, though.”

That seemed an apt description for someof the partygoers stepping out, blinking, on Memorial Drive, still wearing their finalclothesof 2015.

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