Theme Park and conference venue, Drayton Manor Park’s chief executive, Colin Bryan, has received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List. The honour is in recognition of his charity work and his ongoing contribution to tourism.
Bryan commented: “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. 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.”
In 1949, George and Vera Bryan OBE purchased a derelict property together with 80 acres of land near Tamworth, Staffordshire. They transformed the site, which had once been the home of Sir Robert Peel, into a leisure park that would be affordable, reachable and open to all. Today, in its 66th year, Drayton Manor is one of the top five theme parks in the UK.
Colin Bryan has supported local charities and community initiatives, including his involvement with the park’s main charity, of which he is a Patron, KidsOut.
KidsOut is a national charity providing fun for young people living in difficult and challenging circumstances.
Drayton Manor has a four-star 150 room hotel onsite, with three large conference rooms for functions, corporate entertainment, wedding functions and exhibitions for up to 400 guests.