Spare thought for the motherless

DURING my 1950s’ childhood’ when Mother’s Day was not nearly as commercialised as it is now, the relevant weekend was a happy occasion predominantly associated with the awakening of Spring.

Moreover, the gift-giving aspect, normally confined to a bunch of daffodils or Swan Brand teapot, was largely transacted on the previous Saturday while Mothering Sunday followed a normal domestic routine with the exception of its air of enhanced appreciation of the family matriarch.

Fifty years on, however, such is the commercialisation that those bereft of their mothers, yet not wishing to inflict their sadness on others, find that, unless they remain housebound, there is no secluded alternative as there is at Christmas when most people are indoors rather than frequenting local hostelries.

As local churches have been unreceptive to my proposal to run groups for isolated people at times when families traditionally congregate, how about the wealthy card and gift manufacturers who make substantial profits at these times using some of their gain to make this much-needed concession?

Margaret Selby

Burlington Place