WHEN Douglas Smith, of Height, Linthwaite rescued the Rev Jo Archer-Siddall, minister for Linthwaite Methodist Church, after she slipped on the ice early in December, neither of them knew how they would end up sharing a special date.

The Rev Jo was fulfilling one of her last pastoral duties before going on maternity leave, and fell on her way to visit Mr Smith.

Douglas saw what happened and an ambulance was called and then, despite his own ill health, he went out to help Jo. She was taken to hospital and later discharged, bruised and very sore.

However, just over a week later, on December 18, 2010, the Rev Jo gave birth to Miriam Eve on what was Douglas’s 91st birthday.

Linthwaite Methodist Church are proud of their oldest and youngest members, with just 91 years between them.