Woman returns to her birthplace, to have a pint at the bar?

Publish Date
Monday, 17 February 2020, 12:12PM

A teenager has travelled 4,678 miles (7,527km) to have her first legal drink in the British pub where she was unexpectedly born 18 years ago.

 

Isobel Casey's mother Nicola went into labour at the Hartford Mill pub in Wyton, Cambridgeshire, on 14 February, 2002.

The family moved to Vancouver, Canada, in 2006, but always vowed to return to mark the coming-of-age moment.

Her dad Neil said: "She'll have a pint of Greene King IPA. It's our heritage."

Mrs Casey, then a nurse at Papworth Hospital, had been having coffee with friends in the pub when she experienced a "really strong contraction", Mr Casey said.

When he arrived there was "panicking in the car park" as her waters broke, but they managed to carefully get his wife indoors.

Isobel, the couple's second child, was born next to the toddler ball pit.

Mr Casey, a clinical perfusion scientist who also worked at Papworth at the time, said his daughter will pull her first pint in an English pub.

"I've always believed in the English and European way of introducing young people to alcohol safely," he said.

"Plus it's well away from the cold fizzy beer in Canada".

Miss Casey, who hopes to study biology next year in Britain, said she was "super excited" to return to the spot where she was born.