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Last Updated: Friday, 2 June 2006, 13:47 GMT 14:47 UK
Baby born outside Madonna's local
A baby boy was born by torchlight in the car park of Madonna's local pub as his parents rushed to hospital.

Parents-to-be Kate Nias and Matt Green were on the way from their home in Gillingham, Dorset to Salisbury Hospital when Miss Nias's waters broke.

Mr Green pulled over in the car park of the King John pub in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, to call an ambulance.

Ex-midwife Lesley Graham was called in to help, and ended up delivering 8lb 7oz baby Archie then and there.

'Panic stations'

The couple have given Archie the middle name John in recognition of the place where he was born.

Landlady Michelle Birks, 40, said: "I thought she probably had a long way to go but when I got there I could see the baby's head, so it was just panic stations."

Mrs Birks said baby Archie's arrival had prompted Mrs Graham, 38, to consider returning to midwifery.

"She is thinking very seriously about going back in to it again - she said it must be a sign."

Madonna often visits the King John for drinks when she is staying at Ashcombe House, her 9m country retreat nearby.

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