FEBRUARY 29 only happens once every four years and for one former Fenland woman it is extra-special this year.
Kate Waterfall (pictured) marks her 10th birthday today (Wednesday), 40 years after she was born.
Kate, who now lives in Whaplode Drove near Spalding, was born five weeks premature on February 29, 1972.
Mum Pam Judge, who lives in Parson Drove, said the birth came as a complete surprise. Her cousin, who lived nearby, was in such a hurry to get Pam to the hospital that she didn’t even have time to zip her boots.
And it seemed Kate didn’t want to hang around either – she was born at Bowthorpe Maternity Hospital just 20 minutes after they arrived, weighing a tiny 3lbs 6ozs. She went home to Parson Drove five weeks later, weighing 5lbs.
Kate has always liked having a special birthday and in non-leap years her family marked the occasion on March 1 – St David’s Day – as her dad’s name is David.
She is now married to Justin and they have two children, daughter Alex (15) and son Jacob (11). Kate works in childcare.
Pam said: “Kate is a special daughter who was born on a special day. We are all very proud of her.”
They are going to be marking the day with a family meal.