I UNDERSTAND that the lockdowns have had a sobering effect on our society. However, I do not understand why it has taken away so many manners. I walk with my wife every day for exercise, and when we see a person approaching we will go into single file so that social distancing is easily observed.

What I find disturbing is that most do not recognise that their wellbeing has been considered, and pass with dour looks and even when we openly smile and say good morning or afternoon, absolutely nothing is returned.

I believe a worthwhile society can only survive if members of that society realise that others do exist.

It does not mean that everyone has to be buddies, it just requires social awareness.

ALAN LINDLEY Sparacre Gardens Bridport