By Luke Kenton
This is the adorable moment a little girl is left overcome with emotion on the school playground, after seeing her dad for the first time in four months.
The final bell has rung at Buxton Primary in Norwich on March 1st, and though this may be ‘just another day at school’ for many of the children, for one little girl it’s a moment she’ll never forget.
Amongst the cascade of children flooding from the school gates stands Cherry Mactavish, who remains completely unaware she’s about to see her dad for the first time since November, after he returned early from a trip to Antarctica.
Somewhere in the hustle and bustle of kicking out time, Cherry can be heard gleefully declaring ‘I see daddy’, before beginning her charge towards her much-missed father.
With tear-filled eyes and months of anticipatory emotions flooding out of her, the overwhelmed junior-school student jumps into the arms of Dad, Alun, pulling him close as if to never let go.
Mum, Haley, who caught the emotional reunion on camera, said: “Cherry and Alun have such a close bond, these last few months have been really hard on her.
“She broke down a number of times at school, she really is a daddy’s girl.
“Her reaction was so emotional, there wasn’t a dry eye on the playground, everybody was cheering for her.
“It had to stop filming and get in on the cuddles, because I too couldn’t hold back the tears.”
Alun had been working at the Halley Research Base in Antarctica as an electrician since the beginning of November 2016, spending his first Christmas away from the family.
Haley said: “It means everything to have Alun back with us again, we’re a very close family who do everything together.
“Before this we’d never spent more than two weeks apart in 13 years together.
“It felt amazing to cuddle up together as a five again.”