New village playground opens with an extra special guest to mark the occasion

Lola was born just hours before the play area was opened.
Lola was born just hours before the play area was opened.

A SPECIAL guest marked the opening of a new village playground this week - and she was only seven hours old.

The newly refurbished playground at Ropsley playing fields was renovated with funds raised by parents in the village along with a bursary of £15,000 from Robinson’s as part of its Parents for Playgrounds campaign.

The ribbon is cut at the new play area.

The ribbon is cut at the new play area.

The village playground committee was co-chaired by Sam Farkas and Emma Ellis. Emma was not expected to make the opening on Tuesday morning after giving birth at home to baby Lola - weighing 9lbs 2oz - just seven hours earlier.

Incredibly, she did make it and brought Lola along with her to make the day that little bit more special.

Emma said: “She wasn’t supposed to be born at home but we realised at 2.15am that there was no way we were going to make it to the hospital. We rang for an ambulance and that arrived at 2.35am and then she was born at 2.54am.

“It all means I’ll never forget the day we opened the play area!”

Dozens of children and parents came along for the opening of the new playground. Emma said she was delighted with how the village came together to make the project a success.

She said: “It’s a great achievement and we have been planning it for a long time. It was just great to get the whole community behind it.”

A host of events have been held in the village to help raise money for the project including a barn dance, a golf day and a fish and chip supper.

The opening marked the end of the first phase of work with the committee hoping to continue to improve the playground still further.

Sam Farkas said: “The children think it is amazing but we just have to keep going now.

“We are determined to get it done for the children.”