Polly McCourt, a former resident of Black Bourton, near Carterton, who now lives a somewhat faster pace of life in New York, has made headlines around the world after she suddenly went into labour and gave birth to baby Ila on a busy New York street on Monday.

After making such a grand opening, little Ila should have no problem fitting in to New York’s culture scene and in doing so has also written another fascinating page in the history of the Big Apple.