Birthday girls in eleventh heaven

Emily Pakenham is 11 on the 11/11/11
Emily Pakenham is 11 on the 11/11/11
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TODAY’S a date to remember for two Sheffield schoolgirls - both turning 11 on 11/11/11!

Emily Pakenham and Abbie Knowles are marking the once-in-a-century occasion with special parties and celebrations, and their mums say the two youngsters have been very excited about the momentous day.

Abbie Knowles is 11 on the 11/11/11

Abbie Knowles is 11 on the 11/11/11

Emily, from Jordanthorpe, is inviting five friends for a pamper party at her home tomorrow, before a pink limo takes them to Swanky Frank’s diner in Woodseats.

“She’s really looking forward to it,” said mum Laila Rose, 35. “We keep calling it her special birthday. It feels a bit strange - she’s extremely excited about it.

“She’s very girly and loves anything pink, she’s good at school and really enjoys doing her homework.”

Emily, a Year 6 pupil at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, made a dramatic entrance into the world 11 years ago when her mum had to have an emergency Caesarean section.

“She had been due on November 6, but I had to be rushed to theatre because I’d suffered a cord prolapse, when the umbilical cord comes beyond the baby’s head.

“It can be quite dangerous, it can cut off the oxygen supply. It was only afterwards I realised how lucky I was to have her.”

Emily’s dad Matthew Rose, 34, is a hairdresser at Creator salon on West Street, and Emily has a 14-year-old sister, Alicia, as well as brothers Oliver, eight, and Ruben, 10 months.

Ruben made history this year as the first baby born in Sheffield on New Year’s Day. Laila laughed: “It’s bizarre!”

Meanwhile Abbie, from Woodhouse Mill, has a weekend of celebrations in store, including trips to the bowling alley and cinema, as well as a sleepover with pals.

Abbie’s mum Lisa Knowles said her daughter, who attends Aston Fence Junior and Infant School, is ‘really excited’ about her birthday this year.

“She’s more excited than she’s ever been before!” Lisa said. “She always feels it’s special because it falls on Remembrance Day - but it’s extra special this year because she is 11 on 11/11/11.”

n SHEFFIELD man Richard Madeka, who marks his 34th birthday today, was born at 11.11am on November 11.

Richard is originally from Kinshasa in the Congo in central Africa, and said he had been looking forward to his special day today all his life.

Richard, who came to Sheffield in 2008, lives with partner Peche Mbombo, 25, and their children Emmanuel, three, and Rieineide, 23 months, in Southey Green.