Shepparton News

Ruby’s birthday made special

- By Monique Preston

Celebratin­g a birthday in a COVID-19 lockdown can be hard, especially when a snap lockdown is called only a matter of hours before your birthday celebratio­ns.

This is what happened to young Shepparton resident Ruby Kirkby whose third birthday party set for Saturday afternoon had to be cancelled at the last minute as Premier Daniel Andrews announced the newest regional Victoria lockdown only two hours before rules changed.

Shepparton police came to the rescue, however, to give the youngster something to smile about on the day.

Police were wrongly called to the house on Saturday to investigat­e allegation­s of an illegal party as balloon were hanging from the front letterbox.

However, when they arrived, they found Ruby at home with just her parents Tamara and Mat Kirkby.

Mrs Kirkby said the balloons had been hung by neighbours to try and brighten Ruby’s day as her

party had to be cancelled.

“This year she was so excited for her birthday, so the neighbours though they’d give her something,” she said.

When the police discovered there was in fact nothing to investigat­e, the two police officers decided to give Ruby a treat.

The youngster was given the chance to sit in the police car wearing one of the police officer’s hats while police put on the lights and sirens for her.

“She was pretty impressed,” Mrs Kirkby said. “The police were wonderful.

“It made a potentiall­y crappy situation a lovely one.

“It’s really nice that something positive came out of it.”

Early Saturday morning Ruby had the chance to go to the park, but her mum says the birthday celebratio­ns that had to be put on hold as soon as the lockdown was announced will now see Ruby and her parents catch-up with family once the lockdown is over.

 ??  ?? A day to remember: Birthday girl Ruby Kirkby, 3, had the chance to have a sit in a police car after police were mistakenly called to reports of an illegal party at her home on Saturday.
A day to remember: Birthday girl Ruby Kirkby, 3, had the chance to have a sit in a police car after police were mistakenly called to reports of an illegal party at her home on Saturday.

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