Recently a tax on carrier bags has been introduced here. You now have to pay 5 pence for every supermarket carrier bag, where they used to be free. This is to hopefully address the problem of the accumulated rubbish of millions of these bags.
We haven’t always had the luxury of being given free bags for our shopping. As I was growing up it became a source of constant amusement that Dad would always have a bag with him. Looking back at photographs I see this was something that began on his wedding day, if not before. Dad – you were before your time with your bag! It was so nice that one of us would always have a bag to put things in.