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Spalding pensioner distraught over stolen flowers

A Spalding pensioner was distraught when roses she bought for her 98-year-old blind mum were stolen.

Pat Sellars (65) bought yellow roses in memory of her own dearly loved twin sister, Marion Waite, who died in a river tragedy shortly before the sisters were due to celebrate their 50th birthdays together.

Having bought flowers from a pavement stall on Holland Market, Pat did a spot of shopping in nearby Sainsbury's - but accidentally left the flowers in a shopping basket on a self-service checkout.

Pat Sellars and Sid Harker bring floral cheer to their mum, Lily-May Harker. Photo (TIM WILSON): 230119-30
Pat Sellars and Sid Harker bring floral cheer to their mum, Lily-May Harker. Photo (TIM WILSON): 230119-30

She said: "I went back within a matter of minutes - three to five minutes - and they had gone.

"I went to customer services and they hadn't had anything handed in and that upset me because my mum's 98."

The devoted daughter went back to the flower stall because she was determined her mum, Lily-May Harker, wasn't going to miss out.

The first flowers cost only £3 but the stallholder decided to help out when Pat returned to buy more.

She said: "He only charged me £2 when I told him what had happened.

"I thought he was marvellous, a lovely man.

"I could have cried but I didn't."

Pat hasn't told her mum about the theft because she doesn't want to upset her.

But she does want to share her story with Free Press readers so they know about the mean theft that happened to her.

Pat said: "It's not on when it's a pensioner buying flowers, is it?"

Yellow roses will always be a poignant reminder ofPat's identical twin.

Pat said: "She died in the January (the 29th) and it was to have been our 50th birthday party on February 15.

"For a present, my eldest sister Eileen bought me a rose bush and it grew yellow roses.

"Every time we look at the roses we think of Marion.

"We always call yellow roses 'Mo's rose'."

Pat, who is bipolar, is the main carer for Lily-May, a lady who is remarkable for her age and the way she copes with glaucoma, a condition that has gradually led to blindness.

Lily-May still cooks her own meals although Pat is there to lend a helping hand by setting temperatures on the cooker.

"She can't read at all now," said Pat. "And she can hardly see the telly."

As Pat told us her story, she said: "Mum will get some more flowers today from Tesco - something yellow if they have got them."

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