A Canadian teenager has returned to the UK pub where she was born to sup her first legal pint.
Isobel Casey was born in the toddlers’ play area of Mill House Restaurant in Wyton, Cambridgeshire, on Valentine’s Day in 2002 before her family emigrated to Canada.
Now she has returned, on her 18th birthday, to have her first ever legal pint – because the drinking age in the part of Canada where she lives is 19.
On Valentine’s Day (Friday 14 February), Isobel even managed to pour a few pints of her own at the boozer, which is now called Hartford Mill.
Her father, Neil, said: “It was really lovely to be back. We were met by lots of friends who I haven’t seen for a long time. The pub did actually burn down a few years after Isobel was born, but they’ve rebuilt it and it’s identical to how it looked before.
“It has changed a little inside, but there is still a ball pit, albeit a little smaller than before. Isobel loved it, she had two pints of Green King IPA and the barman was nice enough to allow her to pour a few pints too. She’s been thinking about coming to university in the UK, and this trip has really sold her on coming here.”
In 2002, The Cambridge News reported on Isobel’s unusual birth. Her mum, Nicola, was working as a nurse at Papworth Hospital at the time and was having a coffee morning with friends when she had ‘one really strong contraction’.
She called her husband Neil who rushed to the scene to offer his assistance. Neil told the paper at the time: “I left work at Papworth Hospital and met her 20 minutes later.
“As we went to get in the car, her waters broke. We put a hand under each arm and carried her back into the pub. We quickly called to get the fire doors to the kids’ play area open, and they had to get all the children out.
“It’s a bit different and we can always say, ‘that’s where you were born’. We are both very happy about it.”
As reported by local media, the club’s staff helped the lady to give birth and stay calm in what could have been a pretty dangerous situation.
Speaking to La Depeche, club manager Marie-Helene said: “It was 5.30am, the club was just closing, There wasn’t a lot of people left in the place and one of my members of staff cam over to me and said ‘it’s urgent’.
“I could see that the woman was about to give birth. But we had to act quickly. A member of staff called the emergency medical line who talked us through what we had to do.
“The young woman didn’t seem too panicked but she was worried. Then the baby came out.”