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Derbyshire Life - - Motoring -

Run­ning two busy auc­tion houses and dash­ing around the coun­try for tele­vi­sion make Charles Han­son’s fam­ily and his Der­byshire roots even more pre­cious

Fam­ily and my Der­byshire home are all I need to re­lax and take my mind off the 24/7 whirl­wind that is the auc­tion busi­ness. My wife, Re­becca, and chil­dren, Fred­die and Matilda, mean the world to me and no mat­ter how busy I am I do my ut­most to make the most of our week­ends to­gether in God’s own coun­try.

We have many favourite places in­clud­ing Calke Abbey, a Na­tional Trust prop­erty at Tick­nall, the Peak District vil­lages of Hart­ing­ton and Ilam and the bustling town of Belper, which is close to where I was born at Hol­brook.

But of­ten the call from my chil­dren is, ‘Can we go to the park?’ They mean Derby’s Markeaton Park. Be­ing four and two re­spec­tively, you can’t blame them. While they play on the swings, what rocks my his­tor­i­cal boat is the thought of the Mundy fam­ily, who used to own the es­tate, look­ing out from the Orangery, which is all that re­mains of the orig­i­nal Markeaton Hall.

One week­end pas­time I’m hop­ing to pass on to my chil­dren is my love of metal de­tect­ing. My pas­sion for an­tiques was born while metal de­tect­ing on my par­ents’ farm as a boy. I found a Charles I penny dat­ing back to 1633 and the rest, as they say, is his­tory. Grow­ing up on a farm also es­tab­lished a love of na­ture. I en­joy the sim­ple plea­sure of a coun­try­side walk and watch as my chil­dren dis­cover the an­i­mals, birds, plants and flow­ers that shaped my child­hood.

Hav­ing said that, we re­cently headed off to the Peak District not to ex­plore na­ture’s de­lights but for thrill-seek­ing rides. Al­ton Tow­ers was our des­ti­na­tion and what a great day we had. The chil­dren were en­thralled by Cbee­bies Land while I found time to en­joy the big­gest and scari­est rides the park could throw at me. Obliv­ion, Wicker Man, the hairier the bet­ter as far as I was con­cerned.

But not all week­ends are so busy. Some­times I hardly ven­ture fur­ther than my kitchen. It’s a lit­tle-known fact that I can bake a half-de­cent Vic­to­ria Sponge when as­sisted by Matilda. With Christ­mas ap­proach­ing, we’ll be turn­ing our at­ten­tion to mince pies.

And while fes­tive smells fill the air, you can be sure the ra­dio will be on if Derby County are play­ing. I grew up lis­ten­ing to Ra­dio Derby Rams com­men­ta­tor Gra­ham Richards and any week­end is en­hanced by a DCFC vic­tory.

As Christ­mas draws near, I’m look­ing for­ward to tak­ing the chil­dren to see Santa, dress­ing the tree and search­ing out daz­zling fes­tive light dis­plays. As their ex­cite­ment grows, I can’t think of any­thing bet­ter than spend­ing my week­ends mak­ing the fes­tive sea­son ex­tra spe­cial for them.

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