Garden centre owner appointed deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester

The Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester appointed six new deputies.  These included the co-owner and joint Managing Director of Daisy Nook Garden Centre in Oldham, Mark Llewellin.

Mark said: ‘I am honoured to have been appointed to assist the Lieutenancy in my adopted home, Greater Manchester.  The garden centre has always supported local charities particularly our two hospices who between them support thousands of families in what is often their darkest moment.’

Mark was born and raised in the West Country. He studied performing arts in Yorkshire before moving to London to work at Mountview Theatre School and then London Transport where his duties included broadcasting travel information. It was during this period that he became involved with the Friends of Highgate Cemetery, serving as Secretary. He remains a life member.

Thirty years ago, he relocated to Tameside and was appointed the Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Marketing and Business Development Director. He wrote his first book – They Started Here – about the history of the venue. This led to many requests to give talks, which he continues to do on a variety of topics often in aid of local charities, a second book and an annual commitment to look after Canadian Coronation Street fans visiting Manchester.

Mark has a long involvement with local hospices serving as volunteer fund-raiser, patron, trustee, and is currently Vice Chair of Willow Wood Hospice.   Mark is also a director/trustee of Your MCR which offers work experience and mentoring to media students whilst making a weekly on-line magazine programme and podcast focusing on Manchester’s arts and charity sectors.

Mark is a keen supporter of Greater Manchester theatres, performing arts and heritage. He is a supporter of The British Music Hall Society and co-owner of Daisy Nook Garden Centre in Oldham.

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