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Mark and Cheryl Brudenell won £1 million in February 1997 and since then the pair have followed Robbie Williams around the world, eventually meeting him in person in Las Vegas.
A lottery winner celebrating the 25th anniversary of winning the £1million lottery says he ‘loves every minute’ – even the £50,000 his wife has spent on her ‘Robbie hobby’.
Mark and Cheryl Brudenell, from Teesside won the jackpot in February 1997 and have since followed Robbie Williams around the world, eventually meeting him in person in Las Vegas.
Mom Cheryl, 56, has seen her favorite star Robbie Williams at least 40 times, lining up for hours to make sure she gets down right up front.
But Mark, 58, says he doesn’t mind at all, because he was so busy after setting up a successful business and learning to play golf, which ended up with a handicap of 12.
“Cheryl has a hobby of playing Robbie and I also have a taste for golf. I had lessons, bought the best clubs and now I have played 12 games. I couldn’t afford it before I won,” he said.
Mark said of their win: “It is wonderful and wonderful to spend wonderful holidays and create special moments. We really fell in love with every minute of it. ”
When asked how much money his wife’s Robbie hobby has cost, he added: “We’ve probably spent over £50,000 on all the hotels, flights, meet and greets, t-shirts and all memorabilia.
“She has plates auctioned off at Sotheby’s. She has one of his platinum discs.
“When he went to the concert, she was with two friends who lived on the south coast, they were going there the night before and got to the show at 8 a.m. because they had to go first. It’s a bit sad,” he laughs.
“If he’s done with Wembley, we use this agency, where they use VIP packages because I don’t have to queue at 8am.
“She finally met him at a meet and greet in Las Vegas a few years ago and was on the moon. That cost us £1,000 each and it’s hard for Cheryl to be honest.
“He was lovely and stood talking to both of us, asking where we were from. We were first in line and there were 50 people waiting.
“We spent thousands of dollars going to concerts all over Europe and I just let her carry on.”
But it’s their double-glazing business, Almark, they’re most proud of.
They set it up 5 years after winning the lottery.
“I used to drive chemical tankers for a living, and after we won, I took a few years off work,” he explains.
“But after buying a property and going on vacation, I don’t want to feel bored and I need purpose.
“I was 32 when I won and I can’t see myself doing nothing for the rest of my life.
“It was a double glazing business and we also built big orange factories. That’s what keeps me busy.
“It was amazing and it was a very successful business. But you need money to start a business and that’s what worked.
“I could have forgotten the lottery money because we won it ten times over. And that’s all thanks to the amazing staff I have.
“We sponsor Middlesbrough games, so we get a box and I give them a night out.”
The couple also support their local charities including an infant hospice called Zoe’s Place.
He added: “It is important to keep your feet on the ground. It doesn’t make you better than anyone else, you just learn to enjoy it. ”
Even their two sons, aged 36 and 38, are hard at work on the oil rings, he said, adding: “Both are joiners and married. We have three grandchildren now and we take care of them. They are pampered as much as possible.
“But we still want to see them have a work ethic when they grow up.”
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