Great grandson shares name and birthday with M'boro mayor

NEW YEAR BABY: Sonny James Alan Brown with his family (clockwise) Archie, Luca, dad James, Wil and mum Lisa Brown.
NEW YEAR BABY: Sonny James Alan Brown with his family (clockwise) Archie, Luca, dad James, Wil and mum Lisa Brown. Mike Knott

A FORMER mayor of Maryborough, the late Alan Brown, has been honoured with his new great-grandson sharing not only his birthday but his name too.

Sonny James Alan Brown was born at 7.50am on the first day of the New Year.

Sonny's dad James Brown said the date was extra special as the baby boy shared his birthday with his great-grandfather and as well as being the first born in Bundaberg Hospital in 2015.

"When we found out the due date was December 27, I joked to Lisa and said wouldn't it be nice if he was born on granddad's birthday and he was," Mr Brown said.

The father of four said his grandfather was previously the mayor of Maryborough and a respectable public figure who passed away in 2006.

"My grandma drove straight up from Maryborough this morning when she found out," Mr Brown said.

"She was overwhelmed and cried with joy.

"We gave Sonny two middle names because we had to name him after him."

Sonny's mother Lisa said Sonny was a new brother to Archi, 13, Luca, 10, and Wil, 8, who were all smiles and excited to welcome the new addition to the Agnes Water family.

Grandfather David Brown said the family was over the top excited - it was almost too good to be a coincidence.

"The chances of it happening are unbelievable," he said.

Alan Brown served as the mayor of the City of Maryborough for thirteen years from 1991 to 2004.

"I was very proud of my dad and thought he was very progressive as mayor," David said.

"He worked for the betterment of the entire community and is remembered as a man of integrity."

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