This Sunday is a Father’s Day in the UK!

Father’s Day began in 1910.  In fact, the tradition sprang up first in the US and then migrated over the Atlantic to the UK, where it quickly gained wide acceptance. Most believe the beginnings of this day were with the holding of special services to honour Dads who died in a West Virginia (USA) mining accident in 1907. Over a thousand children were orphaned by the accident, and orphan Grace Clayton petitioned local pastors to hold the services, which they did. A few years later, in 1910, Sonora Dodd campaigned for and organised the first Father’s Day celebration. It took place on 19 June, and momentum grew in the years and decades afterward such that the day was being celebrated across the US by the 1960s.