Undertaker keeps it in the family as new parlour opens

Mark Potter from Woodlands Funerals
Mark Potter from Woodlands Funerals
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A Fylde man is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by launching a new undertakers.

Mark Potter, of Leach Lane, St Annes, is set to open Woodlands Funerals in Woodlands Road, Ansdell, tomorrow.

Mark Potter from Woodlands Funerals

Mark Potter from Woodlands Funerals

The 50-year-old is keeping the line of business in the family, following his father Jack, who was a grave digger for Blackpool Council, and grandfather Robert Harrison, who was superintendent for Lytham Park Crematorium.

He said: “I think it’s a family thing. My grandfather was the very first superintendent for Lytham Crematorium, while my dad Jack worked for the council for 25 years doing grave digging.

“It’s funny, when I left school I never thought I would follow in their footsteps, and now I have come full circle.

“I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge. I see myself as someone who can help and provide a valuable, friendly service.”

Mark said he looked to work in Ansdell after his close ties to the area, having lived in Hilton Avenue for more than 20 years, and attended Clifton Primary School and Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College.

Mark, who lives with wife Chris and has three children Laura, 28, Amy, 19 and Jack, 14, added: “I’ve been in the business now for close to five years, having worked with a couple of great men, including 
Maurice Rawcliffe in Lytham and Trevor Box, of Box Brothers in Blackpool – I can’t wait to get started.”

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