AT YOUR SERVICE; It's a Hectic Easter for These Tees Fathers Juggling Church and Family. but They Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

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Byline: MARIE TURBILL

SPARE a thought for these Teesside dads... they never get an Easter break. Here they share their hectic schedules with MARIE TURBILL.

HOW will you spend your Easter weekend? Feet up, chocolates at hand, enjoying a few hard-earned days off? Not these Teesside dads.

Easter is their busiest shift - busier even than Christmas. And the hard work has already begun.

Yesterday, Palm Sunday marked the start of Holy Week.

"It is a very busy time," says Father Clay Roundtree, the vicar at St Francis of Assisi Church in Ingleby Barwick.

It is a very big parish and this Easter they have lots going on - with a massive five services on Easter Sunday alone.

It's enough to keep dad-of-three Clay busy all day, all week in fact, but a special family Easter Day lunch is a priority too.

Clay, 34, his wife Frances, and children, Crispin, eight, Jude, six, and Isaac, three, get together with family and friends for a traditional roast - last year it was leg of lamb.

There's no need to exchange chocolate eggs as he says the kids get more than enough from generous members of the church. …