No flies on pies at a wake

The Oldie - - READERS' LETTERS -

SIR: I write with re­gard to Mary Kenny’s de­light­ful es­say on the Ir­ish way of death and the prac­tice of leav­ing the cof­fin open for in­spec­tion of the late lamented (‘Post­cards from the Edge’, Septem­ber is­sue). I was al­ways led to be­lieve the true rea­son for do­ing so was to help keep the flies off the sausage rolls. But I may be wrong. I have been wrong be­fore. (Revd Canon) Ed­ward Davies, Mac­cles­field, Cheshire.

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