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OBE honour for Drayton Manor Park’s chief executive Colin Bryan

The chief executive of Drayton Manor Park has been awarded an OBE.

Colin Bryan OBE

Colin Bryan OBE

Colin Bryan, son of the original founders of the attraction, was honoured after more than 52 years of service to the leisure industry.

He said the honour was a tribute to all of those who have played a part in developing Drayton Manor over the years.

“My parents opened the park in 1950 and I have been working there since I was a young boy, when my first job was helping them clear the rubble with my miniature wheelbarrow,” he said. “I have worked in nearly every department over the years and qualified as a chef to really understand what makes the park and catering companies what they are today.

“It is in my blood so I feel very honoured to receive this OBE. I still love watching our guests have fun, enjoying themselves, knowing I have played a part in that.”

George and Vera Bryan purchased a derelict property and land in 1949 before setting about transforming the site into a leisure park. It has since gone on to be named as one of the top five theme parks in the UK.

As well as overseeing the park, Colin has also been patron of the KidsOut charity, which offers days out for children living in challenging circumstances.

Colin added: “This park truly is a family affair. It began with my parent’s passion to create somewhere magical for people to visit after the war.

“It is our whole family’s life works and I couldn’t be more proud.”

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