I’m a granddad again and I couldn’t be prouder

Regular visitors to NightHawk will be aware that I have a granddaughter called Catrin whom I used to see about once a week until a year ago when her parents relocated to Nairobi. She’s now five and a half.

Well, at 9.30 pm local time last night, I became the proud grandfather of a second granddaughter born to my son Richard and daughter-in-law Emily in Nairobi. Mother and child are both doing well and the baby weighed in at 7lb/3.4kg.

Granddaughter No 2 has a great name: Kara Jo Darlington.

The Kara name comes from Thomas Sankara who was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist theorist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara”.

The Jo name refers to Joanne Cox who was the British Labour Party Member of Parliament for the Batley and Spen constituency from her election in May 2015 until her brutal killing on 16 June 2016.  Emily – who was a Labour Party candidate in the same General Election – knew Jo well and was one of the organisers of and speakers at a commemorative ceremony in Nairobi.

So, as Kara Jo grows up, we will always remember when and where she was born.

I try to make  a Skype call to the family in Nairobi each week and I hope that this week I’ll see Kara as well as Catrin and then in October I’ll be going over there for the week of Catrin’s half term. I’m so proud of them all and will be so excited at seeing them all.


  • Nadine Wiseman

    Lovely news! It will be interesting to see how Catrin adjusts to being a big sister.

  • Mavis

    Absolutely wonderful to hear lovely news.

    Enjoy your Skype visit and then an actual visit with much love, hugs, kisses and smiles all around.

    I can see you with a great big grin on your face now and when you land. Good health now and in the future for you and yours.

  • Pete Roberts

    Wonderful news Roger!

    Congratulations! Exciting times ahead!

  • Roger Darlington

    Thanks, Nadine, Mavis and Pete.

    I’ve already seen Kara twice on Skype and she’s going great.

  • Carole Pitkeathley

    Hi Roger, congratulations to you all. Glad to hear mum and baby doing well. Looking forward to seeing some photos. Carole


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