Southport Flower Show celebrity guests announced



TV star Sherrie Hewson is to swap the sun loungers of the Costa del Sol for the pier and promenade at one of Britain’s favourite seaside resorts as she opens the 2015 Southport Flower Show. Sherrie, who has entertained millions of viewers in the hit show ‘Benidorm’, is heading for the Lancashire coast as guest of honour with the annual show celebrating its 86th year. The popular actress plays social climbing hotel manageress Joyce Temple Savage in the ITV1 comedy, her latest acclaimed role in a hugely successful 40-year broadcasting career.

TV presenter and gardening expert, Joe Swift, to appear at this year’s show.

Top garden designer and broadcaster Joe Swift has joined the star line-up at the Southport Flower Show where he will share his expertise with visitors to the 2015 show. Joe, a favourite with viewers of the BBC show Gardeners’ World, is to give a masterclass at the Garden Roadshow in Southport’s Grand Floral Marquee and will then answer questions from the audience. Joe has been a gardener since he left school over 30 years ago and has launched a string of successful and award-winning garden design businesses.

Gardening expert, Christine Walkden, to appear at this year’s show.

Renowned horticulturist Christine Walkden is to return to the Southport Flower Show to share her expertise with visitors to the 2015 festival. The award-winning TV and radio presenter will be at the show on Sunday 23rd August with a talk entitled “Sensible Watering Practises” at the Garden Roadshow in the Grand Floral Marquee followed by a question and answer session. Originally from Lancashire, Christine started growing vegetables on an allotment near her home when she was just ten years old – and has never looked back.

Celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, to appear at this year’s show.

Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli is to bring his award-winning culinary talents to the 2015 Southport Flower Show. The nation’s favourite French chef arrives at the seaside resort with multiple Michelin stars and 5/5 AA Rosettes following a career which began as a baker at the age of just 14 and has taken him to the kitchens of some of the world’s leading restaurants. Jean-Christophe, who is about to open a new restaurant in Liverpool, will perform three cookery demonstrations at the Food Village in Southport’s Victoria Park on Thursday August 20th, the opening day of this year’s Southport Flower Show. He will also be special guest at the Gala Preview Evening (Wednesday 19th August) and will be touring the show to meet visitors and exhibitors.


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