A military family have been given the best gift they could hope for - just in time for Christmas.
Declan and Connor Gibson, aged 11 and 7, had their Christmas wish granted when their RAF serviceman father arrived home after four long months away in the Falklands.
Chris Gibson was reunited with his wife and two sons as they visited Santa’s Grotto at Drayton Manor theme park near Tamworth.
Chris said: “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. I was very nervous waiting to see them; when I saw the boys in with Father Christmas my heart was racing.
“I’ve missed them so much and when Abby started crying, I started crying!
“It was extremely emotional and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be home.”
Chris has been in the RAF for 16 years and met Abby in Cyprus; the pair have been married for eight years, and lived on base until last year, when they bought their own home in Gloucester.
Abby said: “All I’ve wanted is a hug from Chris and this was the most magical experience.
“I couldn’t be happier for us all to be reunited.
“The kids had no idea.
“They knew their dad was coming home at some point in November but I didn’t tell them the exact date as I wanted it to be a surprise.
“Chris has been away for such a long time so I did feel nervous in the run-up. Now he’s back it’s just amazing.”
Chris said he was unsure when he would have to return to the Falklands.
He said: “We’re planning to make the most of every second as a family.
“We’re going to relax in front of some classic Christmas movies, enjoy our tradition of baking cookies and mince pies on Christmas Eve and track Father Christmas before bed.”