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Monday 25 September 2017

Soap couple kick-started birth with a bumpy trip

Emmerdale couple Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden, whose love blossomed in the Yorkshire village, have revealed they kick-started the birth of their overdue son -- by driving over cobbles.

The pair welcomed their first child, Buster Lawrence Wolfenden, in early April, eight days after his due date.

Curry

They reckon his eventual arrival was spurred on by a bumpy ride the day before.

Wolfenden (30) told OK! magazine: "We tried all the old wives' tales -- we went for a curry and we also drove down a bumpy cobbled street.

"Charley actually went into labour the day after that, so we think that did the trick."

Webb (22) added: "We were at a restaurant when I started having contractions. By the time we'd had our main course they were stronger so we had to go to hospital.

"I don't think Matthew was impressed -- I think he wanted to finish his steak!"

The new mother said labour was less gruelling than she expected, despite a close shave when she almost clobbered her boyfriend.

He said: "There was one point where she came close to hitting me with the gas and air pipe.

"I think I was just saying something like, 'Come on, let's be positive'."

She continued: "At that point I just wanted to hit him in the face. I just thought, oh shut up! But to be honest I thought I'd be a lot worse -- apart from trying to attack him, I was okay."

Surprised

The couple also revealed they are planning to tie the knot after Wolfenden surprised his girlfriend with a Christmas Day proposal.

Webb is on maternity leave from her role as mechanic Debbie Dingle, a part she has played since 2002, and is due to return later in the year. Wolfenden has played councillor David Metcalfe for three and a half years.

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