I am your father... Has quite a ring doesn’t it?
And Star Wars fan Callum Page was able to welcome his first baby girl Thea into the world as the new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered across the country – quickly scarpering from the cinema at midnight as girlfriend Kirsty Harrison went into labour.
The Marton couple’s daughter was due last Monday, December 14, but when she failed to make any sign of appearance and her parents began to worry, they went to Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital last Wednesday in the hope of Kirsty, 23, being induced.
After waiting all day for a bed on the delivery suite, Callum was sent home at 8pm, and was able to attend the Odeon Cinema at Rigby Road, with friends for the midnight premiere screening of the latest film in the much-hyped saga.
Callum, 23, said: “I was at the cinema, with my Star Wars popcorn and drink, all ready for the start and Kirsty texted me and I had to rush to the hospital.
“I had my Star Wars T-shirt on, I wasn’t in anything like a Darth Vader costume - which could have been funny, getting to the hospital and saying ‘I am your father’.
“I pre-ordered the tickets when they went on sale on October 20, and I’d paid for all of us, so I was hoping this wouldn’t happen and we’ve been joking about it since.
“My mate who was sat next to me couldn’t believe it and he sent me off saying ‘good luck’ as I ran out.”
Weighing 7lb 12oz, Thea was born just a short time later at 4.30am on Thursday.
And despite Callum’s love of the Star Wars movies, he couldn’t talk Kirsty into a name inspired by any of the characters.
“We had been pretty set on Thea as a first name, but she said we couldn’t have Thea-Leia,” he said.
Although the couple were all set for their first Christmas as a family in their Falklands Avenue home, they’ve had to move in with Callum’s mum Linda Page after finding damp throughout the house.
Such is Callum’s fandom for the franchise, their Christmas tree even featured Star Wars themed decorations, and they have kitted little Thea our with a Stormtrooper baby grow.
But like Thea’s pretty pink nursery, they’ve had to leave it all behind because of the mildew problems, which they are now waiting for their landlord to resolve in the new year.
Linda added: “They have been saving up to get everything ready, and had invited me to their house for Christmas day as they were so excited about it. But I’m a foster carer and always have a houseful so it will be fine, it’s just disappointing for Callum and Kirsty.”