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Tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Jake Humphrey, who has re­cently moved back to Nor­wich with his wife Har­riet and two chil­dren, Florence and Se­bas­tian, says they have a very un­usual tra­di­tion.

“My dad started it about a decade ago - it’s the Christ­mas weigh-in,” he laughs. “Surely the one day of the year you least want to be weighed. It’s caused the odd ar­gu­ment, and while I won’t re­veal who has been the big­gest gainer in the last decade, I can tell you my won­der­ful wife Har­riet has had two chil­dren and some­how ended up weigh­ing less.

“My abid­ing mem­ory of Christ­mas as a child was all pil­ing into the car and head­ing to my grand­par­ents’ house in Wis­bech. I come from a small fam­ily, how­ever that kind of made it feel a bit spe­cial. There were only 13 of us in the en­tire im­me­di­ate fam­ily and it was very close-knit, lov­ing and happy.

“We have a few tra­di­tions now with our own chil­dren. My favourite is to wrap up some spe­cial Christ­mas py­ja­mas for them, and leave them on the front step. I then go out­side and ring the door­bell, let­ting the kids go to the door and see what Santa has dropped them on his way past. They then go to bed wear­ing their new Christ­massy py­ja­mas.”

Jake, who is pa­tron of the char­ity Break, will be helping to pro­mote the GoGo Hare sculp­ture trail in the com­ing months. The char­ity has teamed up with Wild in Art to cre­ate the hare sculp­tures, 50 of which will be on dis­play around the city in 2018, along with fur­ther sculp­tures in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and towns through­out Nor­folk. There will also be an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme, GoGo Cre­ate, in­volv­ing 150 of the county’s or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing schools, nurs­ery groups and clubs. The hares, which will be dec­o­rated by lo­cal artists, will mark Break’s 50th an­niver­sary of work­ing with vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies.

“My abid­ing mem­ory of Christ­mas as a child was all pil­ing into the car and head­ing to my grand­par­ents’ house”

Above: Rais­ing money for Break with his wife Har­riet Humphrey Left: Jake with the GoGoDragon­s! in Nor­wich city cen­tre last year

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