A newborn baby has become the youngest lifetime member of the Halifax Agricultural Show after her mum went into labour on the showground.
Richard and Amy Cade, of Sowerby Bridge, got more than they bargained for when they returned from a day at the popular event with their new bundle of joy.
It was two weeks earlier than Amy’s expected due date and it was a big welcome home for Richard, who had just returned from a three-month stint in Iraq, where he works as close protection medic.
Proud Amy, 27, said: “Thank god he got home when he did, that was our first family day out in three months and what a day it was.
“We were walking around and I had a few pains, but I just thought it was normal.
“Then towards the end of the day we were heading up to go home and decided to sit down and have a drink and all of a sudden a massive gush came.
“I thought ‘oh my god’, it was really busy and I just said ‘I think my waters have broke’. All my family laughed and I said ‘no, something has happened’.
“All the farmers were trying to make way for the ambulance and one said ‘don’t worry, we’re good with lambing’.
“The show people did a really good job of getting the ambulance in for me. I was just in shock, it was two weeks early and I wasn’t sure what the circumstances were.”
Amy was rushed to Calderdale Royal Hospital where she gave birth via emergency caesarean section the following day to baby Nellie, who weighed 6lb 4oz.
“We go to the show ever year without fail, it’s something we always do and it makes it even more special now,” Amy added.
“It’s nice to think we can tell Nellie all about it when she’s older. She has been made a lifetime member and they have been really good to us.
“It just goes to show we do live in a great community.”
Despite her dramatic arrival, Nellie is now at home, where Richard, Amy and their one-year-old daughter Connie are enjoying the new addition to their family.