One of the UK’s leading leisure personalities has passed away earlier last night, at the age of 92.
George Bryan OBE purchased an 80-acre plot of land near Tamworth, Staffordshire in 1949. The year after he commenced a small leisure venture – containing a small restaurant, tearoom, rowing boats, pedal cars and four minor attractions. Over the following years, George added a domestic farm and zoo to the experience, alongside major installations such as the UK’s first standup rollercoaster Shockwave (1994), the world’s first standup drop tower Apocalypse (2000) and IP-led children’s area Thomas Land in 2008.
Since it opened, Drayton Manor Theme Park has expanded to span 280 acres, and recently added the on-site Drayton Manor Hotel to extend day visits into multiple park entries.
The park’ social media manager released the following statement;
Today is a very sad day here at Drayton Manor. Our park’s founder and owner, Mr George Bryan OBE, passed away peacefully this morning at home.
Mr Bryan, aged 92, inspired all he met with his passion and dedication to the tourism industry and the park wouldn’t be what it is today without him and his wife, Vera.
The park will continue to be family owned and run by his children and grandchildren. Please can we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this sad time.