Local star Gemma Atkinson has just made a very special announcement.

The actress born in Bury and known for her work on Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, revealed on Twitter that she will be having a baby with her Strictly Come Dancing star boyfriend, Gorka Marquez.

Gemma, who is President of Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, said: "Myself & Gorks are beyond excited and happy and feel incredibly blessed to be meeting our new family member later this year. Baby Marquez!!! We love you loads already."

Gemma, 34, took to the social media platform to show off a picture of her two dogs with signs reading "guess what... mums pregnant!" and " we're going to be big brothers!"

Bury Times:

Gemma and 28-year-old Spaniard Gorka have been together for just over a year, after meeting on the dancing reality show in 2017.