Despite severe burns, depression and deafness in later life, the incident failed to keep her from the fairway, says Penny Aldred

My mother was struck by lightning on 1 June 1953, the day before the coronation, while playing golf (What it’s like to be struck by lightning, 13 July). It was reported in the Times the next day, rather less prominently than the news of the conquest of Everest.

Happily she survived another 55 years, but she spent quite a long time in hospital, with nobody knowing how to treat her, suffering from severe burns, depression (for which electric shock treatment was suggested, until it was pointed out that this was what she had already had) and muscle weakness.

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