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Cobbles sparked soap star's labour

Published 18/05/2010

Charley Webb welcomed her son in April
Charley Webb welcomed her son in April

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

Matthew, 30 - who plays David Metcalfe - 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."

Charley, 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 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."

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

Charley is on maternity leave from her role as mechanic Debbie Dingle, and is due to return later in the year.

Press Association

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