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Long-serving employee bids farewell after half-a-century working at Drayton Manor Park

An employee with more than 50 years of service has bid a fond farewell to Drayton Manor Park.

John Harvey began his career with the theme park aged 19 and has gone on to become the attraction’s expert on the dodgems, before hanging up his tools just days before his 70th birthday at the end of April.

John Harvey

John Harvey

As well as the bumper cars, Southampton-born John has also maintained the carousel and driving school, as well as looking after original rides like the ghost train and swing boats.

“The park has really changed since I first started in 1966 and it has been wonderful to watch it grow into the award-winning family attraction that it is today,” he said. “I’m really going to miss everyone here but I’ll be sure to return to say hello during my retirement, in between my travel plans.”

John’s official send-off saw a party with colleagues from the park.

Managing director William Bryan said: “John is part of the family here at Drayton Manor Park and will be greatly missed by everyone.

“Throughout his 50 years he has provided us with his expertise, fantastic customer service and wonderful personality and we want to say a massive thank you and wish him all the best for a well-earned retirement.”

A volunteer wrote this. Say thanks with a coffee.

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