1921 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds
“I’ve been playing lots of ‘doctors and nurses’. The girls tell me ‘daddy, you’re the child and I’m the mummy and you’re ill and you’ve got to go to bed’. So I lie down. I think I’m done with that game now. There are only so many times you can play it.
“We live above the restaurant and don’t have a garden. That’s not easy with a three- and a two-year-old. I turned the private dining room into a ball-pond, we’ve done ‘cooking’ which is more about making a mess with flour and me stopping them shovelling butter into their mouths. It’s been amazing to have this time as a dad. Evelyn’s speech has come on so much, and Charlotte is growing up fast. Before, it was one day a week. Now I’m involved in the day-to-day stuff. I’m not ‘super-daddy’ any more though.
“My wife Annie and I have become exercise addicts. I’m used to being on my feet the whole time. The children are mentally tiring, but physically I used to do 26,000 steps on a Saturday, 15,000 during service alone. Some days now I don’t even do 10,000.
“We’re well-placed to bounce back at 1921. People know us. And we’re a tight team, I miss them a lot. I pray there’ll be a summer reopening but July 4, to me, seems a bit premature.”
Zack Deakins and Jess Magee.