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Picture of joy

PUBLISHED: 18:13 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

STAFF at the Times have congratulated photographer Andy Barnes and his partner Jo on the birth of their daughter.

STAFF at the Times have congratulated photographer Andy Barnes and his partner Jo on the birth of their daughter.

Summer Violet Barnes was born weighing 9lbs 1/2oz at 12.50am on Sunday, October 12 at Darent Valley Hospital.

Mr Barnes said: "I'm absolutely elated. We have had so many cards and people ringing us it has been absolutely lovely. We have had so much support from our friends and family. Staff at the hospital were absolutely superb. It all happened so incredibly quickly and they were just brilliant. Poor Jo had a really tough time with the birth."

Congratulations are also extended to the couple's other daughter Amber who turned eight on October 13, just one day after her sister was born.

Mr Barnes said: "Amber is absolutely thrilled to have a little sister she keeps cuddling her and holding her.

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