AN NHS nurse who was due to celebrate her birthday and anniversary with an extra-special trip to Paris has been treated to a little Disney magic closer to home.

Natalie Jones, who lives in Breightmet, was due to celebrate her 40th birthday on May 12, and her anniversary with her fiancé Chris, 40, on May 13, with a trip to Disneyland Paris but the coronavirus epidemic ruined the plans, with Natalie having to work extra hours as a support nurse.

But now, her brother, Alex, and other family and friends have helped make her birthday special during these tough times by spreading a little Disney magic of their own.

Alex organised a Disney-themed drive-by birthday party complete with sangria and lots of fun.

Alex said: “We just thought about what we could do for her.

“We all wanted to do something special for her, she’s a princess, she’s the nicest person you’ll ever meet.

“She loved it. It went a lot better than we could’ve expected.”

The drive-by party was attended by many family and friends, socially distancing, with videos sent to family abroad.

The secret was kept by telling Natalie that she was attending her mum’s, in Green Bank, Harwood, for a meal - only to be surprised by fancy-dressed family and friends.

Natalie said: “It was a complete surprise.

“We had planned to go to Paris for my 40th, our anniversary and to take our grand-daughter, Olivia, on her first holiday because we’re all obsessed with Disney.

“I had no clue they had planned this, It was lovely.

“Work is very challenging at the moment but lovely that everybody has come together and is keeping positive.

“I had a lovely day and it was great to see everyone on the street I grew up on with amazing friends and family.”