Family take lead roles in Bridport's live nativity

Dorset Echo: SILENT NIGHT: Little Winter as baby Jesus in the Bridport nativity. SILENT NIGHT: Little Winter as baby Jesus in the Bridport nativity.

SOME people just have more drama in their lives than others and Charlie Dewhurst-Pape and her family more so than most.

Fully recovered after having her baby in June, Charlie agreed to take part in Bridport’s annual live nativity, playing another mother who caused quite a stir.

She agreed even though the call came as her and husband Jinder were keeping a hospital beside vigil for seven-month old Winter who was battling pneumonia.

Charlie said: “Winter had pneumonia about a month ago and was in Dorchester hospital for a week because she couldn’t breathe without oxygen.

“We were asked while we were in hospital. I said I was quite happy to as long as she was well.

“Then she got another bout of cold/flu and as of Wednesday last week we said we couldn’t do it.

“Luckily she picked up and Friday she seemed fine so it was a bit of a miracle she was well enough to play her role on Saturday.”

And although disappointed the weather forced the production inside, meaning the donkey and llamas couldn’t play their part, Charlie said it was just as well not to have the baby Jesus out in the cold wind for an hour.

The play was a family affair with husband Jinder as Joseph and big sister Devon as an angel – although up until a few days before Devon was much keener to appear in her witch’s costume, said mum.

It was in June that Symondsbury mum Charlie hit the headlines when she delivered baby Winter herself after a lightening fast labour – then started haemorrhaging and had to be rushed to hospital for a life-saving emergency transfusion.

After the drama of that birth Charlie was more than happy to re-enact the greatest story ever told.

She said: “It did take me months to get over the birth.

“I think I was in shock, I don’t remember much about the birth.”

Charlie is expecting again next July. Daphne Ekins, who organises the annual live nativity said the play had gone well.

She said: “It went off very well. “It was a pity we were in St Mary’s Church instead of outside as obviously it is better to be doping it among the shoppers and the market stalls but we couldn’t trust the weather with the wind and rain.

“As it happened it came off very well, we had quite a good congregation.”


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