Mother's Day is set to bring joy to millions of mums across the country this Sunday – but according to Hyndburn council it is still two months away.
The council’s official bin collection calendar, which costs just under £34,000 to produce and is sent to every home in the borough, lists the American date of May 11 for the celebration instead of the correct date of March 30.
Freda Hargreaves, 69, of Belfield Road, Accrington, who has eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, is puzzled by the gaffe and hopes mums across Accrington will not miss out on presents and cards from confused relatives.
She said: “I hope my family get it right or they’ll get the cold shoulder!
“A lot of people use those calendars; they don’t think to look in the shops or anything. I’m going to tell my family not to go by that calendar.”
The council blamed an ‘administration error’ but Conservative group leader Peter Britcliffe slammed the error.
He said: “It’s a bit of a puzzle when they can’t get the right day for English Mother’s Day.
“Let’s hope people don’t go by it, or there will be a lot of disappointed mothers in Hyndburn this weekend.
“It’s very expensive to produce – they shouldn’t be making mistakes like this. It’s laughable.”
Council leader Miles Parkinson said the incorrect date on the calendar was an administration error and apologised for the confusion.
He said: ”This was a two-year calendar, which provided recycling information at a cost of less than £1 per household.
“We won’t be publishing the same calendar again, as we’ve already identified this as a cost saving.”