Father’s Day at Chapelton

Father’s Day is the perfect annual reminder to celebrate our dads and grandfathers. We’ve spoke to one of Chapelton’s fathers, Marcus Bean, who has told us all about his life as a dad, and why he loves raising his family in Chapelton.

How long have you lived in Chapelton with your family? 

We have lived in Chapelton for almost five years now. The first couple of years was just my partner Kirsty and I, but now we are a family of four with Oliver who is three years old and Sadie who is one.

How are you spending Father’s Day this year?

For Father’s Day this year, Kirsty has arranged afternoon tea with the four of us and her parents will be joining us. We’re all looking forward to it!

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received as a dad?

I’ve only had three years of Father’s Day gifts so far, but Kirsty always makes really thoughtful cards with hand and foot prints. The best gift was a picture on my first Father’s Day of me holding Oliver when he was just a few days old.

Tell us a bit about fatherhood? 

I always knew I wanted kids. I always imagined what it would feel like but nothing prepares you for the moment you hold your own child for the first time. Parenting is so rewarding but stressful, challenging, trying, tiring but the you wouldn’t change it for the world. I am one of four siblings and I definitely have a new-found respect for my parents. 

What are your favourite things about growing a family in Chapelton? 

This pandemic has seen me working from home for 15 months but in many ways has been a blessing in disguise. I have had so much extra family time that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. Oliver is such a fun age and to see Sadie grow up from a new born and be able to have lunch with them every day and take Oliver to nursery has been great. Chapelton is such a safe and friendly place to raise a family. There are so many other young families at the same point in life which is great.

To all the fathers and grandfathers out there, we hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day 2021!