Doing without cash will mean much less fun

Doing without cash will mean much less fun
Fewer and fewer people are using cash. High street stores say that for till payments, cash has fallen behind debit and credit cards, making it only the third most popular way to pay.
One in ten adults in the UK are now choosing to live a largely cashless life, data from the banking body UK Finance reveals, as contactless and mobile payments surge in popularity. Among those aged 25 to 34, the figure rises to more than one in six (17 per cent).
It looks more and more like we are moving to a cashless society.
It will be a sad day when that happens. For a start, what will children do? Growing up, my friends and I would pile into the sweet shop after school, our mouths watering as we sized up jars of rainbow crystals, lemon sherberts and bonbons, as well as the vast array of penny chews. We would hand over coins in exchange for a paper bag full of tooth-rotting goodness.
I still see schoolkids in my local shop buying sweets. In a cashless world will they need to borrow their dad’s Am Ex card to buy a Marathon bar or a stick of liquorice?
Will a no-cash Britain bring to an end those wonderful traditions - summer fayres (always spelt with a ‘y’), fetes and carnivals, with their cake stalls, tombolas and ducking stools?
And what are aunts and uncles going to put inside birthday cards?

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