02/02/2016 06:25 GMT | Updated 02/02/2016 06:59 GMT

First Baby Born In Town For 28 Years, Mayor Calls It A 'Dream Come True'

A small town was overjoyed by the birth of the first baby born there in 28 years.

Ostana, a mountain town in the Piedmont region of Italy, has seen the population drastically reduce over the past 100 years, which has cut the chances of new arrivals.

Baby Pablo, who was born in Turin hospital on the 22 January 2016, has taken the town's population up to 85, according to local newspaper La Stampa.

Discussing the population numbers, Mayor Giacomo Lombardo said, according to the BBC: "The real decline started in 1975, with 17 babies between 1976 and 1987, when the last boy was born until little Pablo.

"It's great to finally have someone born here and it shows that our efforts to reverse population decline are slowly working."

The Mayor called Pablo's arrival a "dream come true".

Pablo’s birth was celebrated with a model stork carrying a bundle in its beak placed at the entrance to the town.

According to The Telegraph, Pablo's parents, Silvia and Jose, reportedly considered going abroad to find employment, but decided to stay after one of them was offered a job managing the local mountain refuge.

The town is reportedly visited by 600,000 tourists a year.


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