It’s lucky number eleven for Hollie Thornhill as she celebrates a special birthday today.
The schoolgirl from Kingstanding is marking her 11th year on the 11th day of the 11th month.
“It makes me feel special,” said Hollie, a pupil at Kingsland Primary School, in Kingstanding.
“My grandad told me about it a few years ago and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since.
“My friends at school are a bit sick of me talking about it though. I’ve been getting on their nerves!”
Hollie Jean was born by emergency caesarian at Good Hope Hospital on November 11, 2000, at 1.54pm, weighing 6lbs 1oz.
“She was three weeks early so she must have wanted a special birthday,” said mum Pauline Messent, aged 42.
“We had already chosen the name Hollie because we thought she was going to be born near Christmas.
“After she was born, everyone said she should have been called Poppy because she came on Remembrance Day.”
Dad Andy Thornhill, who has been engaged to dinner lady Pauline for 15 years, said Hollie was the perfect baby for the first few weeks.
“And then she was an absolute pig,” joked the 44-year-old estate agent. “She never slept and she cried all through nursery. But she’s lovely now,” he added. “She’s very loving and helpful.”
Hollie will be marking the special occasion with a party at home with her friends and family, including little sister Katie, aged seven.
She has also been promised a present of a Paul’s Boutique handbag and a trip to the bowling alley.
As well as bowling, Hollie likes dancing, riding her bike and going on family holidays to Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk. When she grows up she would like to be a hairdresser.
According to numerologists and astrologers, the number eleven possesses the qualities of intuition, patience and honesty.