Garden centre stalwart Phyllis Self dies aged 105

Whitehall Garden Centre's Phyllis Self has died at the age of 105.
She worked as a corporate director at the Whitehall Garden Centre for more than 40 years, driving there every day from her Lacock home, until she finally retired two years ago.
Mrs Self was awarded an MBE for services to the community by the Queen in 2008, and made headlines across the country as the nation’s oldest boss.
The Garden Retail awards lifetime achievement award winner, originally from Cheshire, moved to Melksham in the 1930s, before marrying farmer Rowland Self and settling in Lacock, where the family opened the Whitehall Centre in 1972, and later opening a second store in Bristol.
Her son Christopher later joined the business, and two of her grandsons, Peter and Mark, also took an interest over the years.
Mrs Self’s funeral will take place at St Cyriac’s next Wednesday, October 9, at 2pm.

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