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Founder of Drayton Manor Theme Park dies

The founder of Drayton Manor Theme Park has died.

George Bryan OBE with his wife Vera

George Bryan OBE with his wife Vera

George Bryan OBE passed away this morning, aged 92.

Following his marriage to Vera Cartilidge in 1942, he paid £12,000 for 80 acres of land near Lichfield and set about creating his family fun attraction.

In April 1950, Drayton Manor Park opened with one restaurant, a tea room, three hand operated rides, six rowing boats, some pedal cars and a set of second hand dodgem cars.

Today, the park continues to be run and owned by the family.

A spokesperson said: “George Bryan inspired all people he met, with his passion and humility.

“He was a devoted husband to Vera, father to Colin, Jane and Andrew, grandfather and great grandfather.”

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