CHRISTMAS Day became even more special for some families after their new babies made festive entrances at York Hospital.

Unwrapping presents and tackling the turkey had to be put on hold for the parents of seven Christmas stars who were born in the labour ward yesterday.

Among the first arrivals was little Ruby Alice, who was born weighing 7lb 4oz just after 2am.

Her mother, Kristy Northway, 26, said: “My waters went on the 23rd but she didn’t make an appearance so they induced me on Christmas Eve. It’s the best Christmas present.

“I’m tired but very content.”

Ruby Alice’s dad, Rob Edwards, 28, a gas fitter from Burton Salmon, near Selby, said: “I’m over the moon and could not be happier.”

They were joined by his parents, David and Anne Edwards, who brought presents.

They said they had left other family members cooking Christmas dinner to meet their new granddaughter.

Mrs Edwards said: “We are absolutely delighted, she’s so beautiful.”

The Lord Mayor of York, Coun Keith Hyman, and the Lady Mayoress, Karen Hyman, also visited the hospital, dropping in at the children’s ward to meet staff, patients and their families.

They were joined by the Sheriff of York, Coun Paul Firth, and the Sheriff’s Lady, his wife Jenny.

Nine children, aged from only a few months to five years old, were in the ward. Children’s entertainers were brought in for patients and their families, who also ate a meal together and met Santa Claus.