George Bryan OBE with his wife Vera

The founder of a theme park near Lichfield is celebrating his 90th birthday today (April 9).

George Bryan OBE opened Drayton Manor Theme Park in 1950 after building 90 acres of land the previous year.

The Second World War veteran, who served for three-and-a-half years in Egypt with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was awarded an OBE for his services to tourism in 2004.

He said:

“I may be 90 but I still enjoy wandering around the park and seeing families enjoying their day out. I feel deeply proud and privileged that Drayton Manor Theme Park has grown over the past 61 years to become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK.

“I’m also very proud of the fact that the park remains a family owned and run attraction with my son Colin as managing director, and four grandchildren as general mangers of different parts of the business.”

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