This is the heartwarming moment a councillor found out he had become a grandfather for the first time – in the middle of a council meeting.
Councillor John Cottee (in the top left screen) was taking part in a virtual committee meeting online when he heard.
And his reaction shows just how thrilled he was to hear the good news.
Councillor Cottee was chairing a meeting of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee.
The purpose of the group is to discusses roads, public spaces and buildings, but when he received a text from his oldest daughter Nicola, from Rushcliffe, it was clear that this wasn’t official business.
While another meeting attendee is speaking, Councillor Cottee’s microphone is muted.
But he stops proceedings when he suddenly starts grinning and punching the air with pride.
Councillor Cottee, who represents Keyworth for the Conservatives and is the chairman of the committee, said: “I was just absolutely thrilled to bits. I couldn’t remember what I was doing, to be honest. I just thought hell fire, it’s all happened.
“It was a bit of a shock to me in the middle of the meeting, when I’m trying to concentrate, it threw me out completely.
“I was gobsmacked. I was even being nice to politicians I’m not normally nice to.
“She (Nicola) rang me again this morning, and she’s absolutely thrilled as well.
“It’s just brilliant news, we’re just hoping we can all meet up at Christmas.
“I keep saying to my two daughters that I’m too young to be a grandad, I mean I’m probably not, I’m 66, but both Lorraine – my wife – and I are absolutely delighted.”
Asked what he was most looking forward to about becoming a grandfather, he said: “I was denied a train set as a young kid, so I’ve already ordered one.
“I haven’t told my wife I’ve ordered it though.”