A youngster playing Mary in her school’s nativity play got an extra special delivery – a new baby sister.
Courteney Ashworth, six, was playing the lead in her nativity performance while her mum Michelle was in labour.
Baby Lola was born just before 8.30pm on Wednesday, December 14, as the nativity play for infant aged pupils at Sacred Heart RC Primary School, in Tanpits Road, was concluding.
Full-time mum Michelle, 29, started feeling pains early in the morning at home, in Yeadon Close, Accrington, and by 4pm she and partner Stephen Bond, decided it was time for her to go to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Michelle’s mum Beverley was able to help Courteney get to the nativity on time and in full costume. Proud dad Stephen, also 29, said it was a bit of a surprise because Lola was four days early.
He added: "Courteney was really excited about playing Mary. We were all looking forward to seeing her in it. We are hoping someone has a few pictures they can send us of the performance."
The couple have four other children in addition to Courteney and Lola – Cameron, 12, Kyle, eight, Cadey, five, and Ryan, two.
Other than arriving a bit early, Stephen said Lola’s birth was routine.
She weighed nine pounds and is settling in nicely at her home.
And he said Courteney is already enamoured with her new little sister.
He added: "She is excited about being a big sister again and likes the new baby."
The family is planning to have a quiet Christmas at home with their new arrival.