MUMS-only checkouts will open at Morrisons supermarkets this Mothering Sunday to speed up their shopping trips.

Stores in Taunton and Bridgwater will open ‘Mums’ lanes’ so they can go home and put their feet up as quickly as possible.

Each lane will also be staffed by checkout assistants who have been specially selected because of their friendliness.

Morrisons own figures reveal that 37 per cent of mums will visit a supermarket on Mothering Sunday to do the weekly shop. A fifth of mums (20 per cent) say the special day is normally over by 12 noon as ‘normal service’ resumes with the average Mother’s Day lasting just over six hours.

Bridgwater Mercury:

Paul O'Brien, store manager at Morrisons Bridgwater, said: “The reality of Mother’s Day is that some mums end up doing lots of chores. So, for mums who shop with us on this special day we want to serve them better by creating a ‘Mum’s Lane’ checkout.”

Assistants will offer to scan items at a speed to suit each individual mum, whether they want a relaxed pace and a chat, or a quick checkout as they are in a rush.

They will also will help pack the shopping, should mums wish.

Assistants will also help entertain the children by asking them to identify different sorts of supermarket products and by inviting them to see how they operate the tills. The aim is to make the shopping experience as easy and enjoyable as possible for mums and their families.

More than 30,000 pink Gerbera flowers from Morrisons Flowerworld will be given to mums as they pass through the checkout on the day. The gesture is designed to say thank you to mums and reignite the tradition of giving mum a flower on Mothering Sunday.