Theme park marketing man swaps white knuckle rides for his Sheffield potting shed.
57 year old former Myers Grove pupil David Thornton returned to Sheffield two years ago after a career in the hospitality industry, that included relaunching Sheffield City Hall in 2005, to sit in his Wharncliffe Side potting shed and write rhyming poetry, and he’s just published his first book.
A Handful of Poetry Seedlings is a collection of 80 poems written over the last two years, including 21 poems written during lockdown earlier this year. Since the start of the first lockdown in March his poems have reached just under 2 million people via his popular Facebook page
It all started in early 2018 when David began posting a few of his rhymes on social media. He has gone on to attract over 5,000 followers who regularly read, share and comment on his poems. His most popular poem to date, “Home” written as people experienced the March lockdown was read by more than 600,000 people as far away as New York and China.
In May, during the lockdown, he also started a video blog “Poems from the Potting Shed” that now attracts as many as 14,000 Facebook viewers a week.
David Thornton went to Myers Grove School in Sheffield before receiving a BA(hons) in Performing Arts in Leicester. He went on to work at Alton Towers during the time of Royal Knockout before taking the role of Director of Marketing at Blackpool Pleasure Beach where he launched the Pepsi Max Big One rollercoaster in 1994. He has also run projects for Drayton Manor Theme Park, Snowdon Mountain Railway and Crealy Adventure Park. David was Head of Marketing for Visit Peak District up until 2012, and between 2012 and 2018 was Chief Executive of Visit Isle of Wight.
David’s book is available to purchase via his website for £12.50 plus postage and packing.
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Photo: David in his Potting Shed in Wharncliffe Side: