Christ­mas be­gins with a very spe­cial de­liv­ery

Baby born at shop­ping cen­tre’s switch-on event

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A STORK de­liv­ered a Christ­mas present with a dif­fer­ence, when a baby was born at intu Uxbridge dur­ing the Christ­mas lights switch on.

The of­fi­cial start to Christ­mas in Uxbridge was in­ter­rupted by a pleas­ant sur­prise, when Laura Allen gave birth to her baby daugh­ter in­side the shop­ping cen­tre.

Paramedics were called on Sun­day Novem­ber 22 to help de­liver 6lbs 2oz baby Sky­lar, when mum Laura went into labour 10 days be­fore her due date.

intu Uxbridge staff were on hand to help while Laura gave birth in the Lower Mall toi­lets be­fore Laura, dad Cur­tis Coker and their new bun­dle of joy were taken to hos­pi­tal.

Tracey New­man, guest ser­vices man­ager at intu Uxbridge said: “Sky­lar ob­vi­ously wanted to be part of the cel­e­bra­tions at the cen­tre.

“We are thrilled to have helped with such a spe­cial de­liv­ery and are pleased to say that mum and baby are both do­ing well af­ter their ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Laura, Cur­tis and baby Sky­lar re­turned to the cen­tre on last Wed­nes­day (Novem­ber 25) to thank staff and ac­cept a bas­ket of good­ies to help them set­tle in at home.

As baby Sky­lar was born, VIP ap­pear­ances were tak­ing place as the Uxbridge lights were turned on by Westlife star, Brian McFad­den else­where in the town.

Young shop­pers joined the pa­rade bring­ing along their lanterns cre­ated at intu Uxbridge last week­end, plus mis­chievous bounc­ing elves, Christ­mas belles and Jack Frost on stilts pro­vided the Christ­mas cheer, with the fes­tive evening fin­ish­ing with carol singing in The Pi­azza.

Natasha House, Mar­ket­ing Man­ager at intu Uxbridge, said “We had a fan­tas­tic day cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas with the pa­rade and light switch on.

“The added joy of Sky­lar’s ar­rival made the day truly un­for­get­table. Now Christ­mas has of­fi­cially be­gun.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Christ­mas events at intu Uxbridge, visit

UN­FOR­GET­TABLE: Baby Sky­lar with mum Laura Allen (right), dad Cur­tis Coker and intu Uxbridge staff mem­ber An­gela Vieira

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