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Fathers Day in jeopardy from EU vote's shadow

For many dads this year, Fathers Day on Sunday 19 June risks being overshadowed by the EU vote just four days later, according to a new survey.

Of the two dates, it finds the EU vote rated more important than Fathers Day by a three-to-one majority. Worrying for democracy and dads in similar measure, about one-in-five people say both occasions are unimportant.

About Fathers Days itself, one-in-three people admit finding it quite or very difficult to find a suitable gift. Among respondents saying very difficult, women outnumber men three-to-one.

The survey was conducted for Gloucestershire farmer Kirsty Westaway, who runs the gift website To help grateful offspring of all ages say thank you to dedicated dads, she has teamed up with award-winning Lancashire brewer Patsy Slevin.

They have created gift hampers matching up prime sirloin or ribeye steaks with bottled pale and golden real ales from Prospect Brewery. A four-jar set of artisan mustards can be added to the Fathers Day package. As standard, it contains cooking instructions and a gift card. Delivery is free to the deserving dad's home address.

Despite the survey's implications for Fathers Day, Kirsty Westaway is eager to see the findings in perspective. "Clearly, the EU vote is critical to the country's long term future, whichever way it goes," she says. "Hopefully, the survey gives us the opportunity to encourage people to take a full part in both occasions."


The survey was conducted 26-30 May 2016.
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Perfect Night In is based at Gamage Hall Farm, Dymock. Since taking on the farm in 2006, this is Paul and Kirsty Westaway’s sixth business enterprise at the farm, which they occupy on a 15-year Farm Business Tenancy. The other five are a prize-winning pedigree Aberdeen Angus breeding herd, a prime beef production unit, a livery service for owners of young pedigree Holstein Friesian bulls, the cattle semen marketing company Sterling Sires, and The Cider House holiday cottage. Fillet steak from Perfect Night In took first prize in the fresh meat category of Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) 2013 Diamond Awards. Paul Westaway was named Beef Innovator of the Year 2013 by the Farmers Guardian newspaper.