It was a time for celebration at Stirling Council headquarters yesterday (Thursday) when Ahd and Yehya Hilal, who are originally from Syria, came in to register the birth of their daughter Miriam.
Provost with baby Miriam and Mum Ahd and Dad Yehya

Little Miriam is the first baby born in Stirling under the resettlement scheme for families displaced by the ongoing Syrian conflict, and the family were the first to arrive in Stirling in February 2016.

Miriam has three older sisters, aged 11, 8 and 6, who have just recently returned to school after the summer holidays.

To mark the happy occasion, Provost Christine Simpson presented the Hilals with flowers and a gift for Miriam, and the Hilals brought in Syrian sweets and cakes which are traditionally offered to celebrate a birth.

Following the registration, which was conducted by District Registrar Liz Ferguson, Yehya Hilal said the family loved living in Stirling, and Miriam’s siblings, who are all at Primary School, had settled in well.

“We are very happy here,” he said. “And my children are also very happy here. We have great neighbours and everyone is very supportive.”

Provost Simpson said: “It is a privilege and an absolute delight to be able to welcome the Hilal family to Stirling Council today to register Miriam’s birth. The family were the first to arrive in Stirling in 2016, and it’s wonderful to have them as part of our community. I’m delighted they have felt so settled and welcome.”

The Hilals and Miriam are pictured with Provost Christine Simpson.

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