Drayton Manor Park’s Chairman and son of the founders, Mr Colin Bryan is awarded an OBE at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his charity work and ongoing contribution to tourism.
On receiving his OBE, Colin said: “I couldn’t be prouder to be presented with this award and to have my family with me on such a special day. I follow in the footsteps of my parents who inspired me to put my heart and soul into Drayton Manor Park and to give back to the local community as they did. It’s our family’s life work and it’s such an honour to be recognised in this way.”
During more than 52 years of commitment and dedication to the leisure industry, Colin has been an inspiration to those around him. He has made a significant contribution to numerous local charities and community initiatives, including his involvement as patron of the park’s main charity KidsOut, continuing the work his father began in 1989 with the Rotary club. A national charity providing fun for young people living in difficult circumstances, Colin hosts two free fun days out at Drayton Manor Park every year, for over 5,000 disadvantaged, disabled and special needs children.
Other charities include the RNLI, which his late mother was hugely involved in, as well as the Midlands Air Ambulance, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), St Giles Hospice, National Autistic Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Tamworth Round Table and Tamworth Rotary to name a few.
Today, Drayton Manor Park is one of the UK’s leading family attractions with over one million people a year visiting the theme park, home of Europe’s only Thomas Land™, a 15-acre Zoo, and a 4 Star Hotel.