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Children take over management at Drayton Manor!

One of the Midlands' favourite leisure attractions is under new management, and the folks in charge are all under 10 years of age!

A junior board of directors at Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire has been meeting for the first time.

Seven children, from Birmingham, Lichfield and Tamworth have been chosen to voice their opinions on the running of the park and to pitch their ideas for its future.

Our reporter Andy Bevan sat in on their opening session.


Drayton Manor 'screams' into the record books

The longest scream lasted 8 minutes and 45 seconds Credit: Drayton Manor Park

Drayton Manor theme park in Tamworth has 'screamed' into the record books today.

Over three thousand people gathered in the park this morning to record the longest scream by a crowd of people, maintaining 80 decibels for eight minutes and 45 seconds.

The previous record stood at just two minutes and five seconds.

Over 3,000 people showed up in onesies Credit: Drayton Manor Park

Not content with one Guinness World Record the park also reclaimed the record for the largest gathering of people wearing onesies with 3,152.

Drayton Manor broke two Guinness World Records Credit: ITV News Central

Colin Bryan, the park's Group CEO and Managing Director, said:

The atmosphere today has been electric and for the second year running the weather has been in our favour. Seeing such a huge crowd gathered in their onesies was quite a spectacle, and there were some very interesting styles!

Founder of Drayton Manor Theme Park dies

George Bryan, the founder and owner of Drayton Manor Park, has died at the age of 92.

Mr Bryan, was a trained engineer, who purchased the land for the site in 1949.

When the park opened in 1950, it had one restaurant, a tea room, three hand operated rides, six rowing boats, pedal cars and a second hand set of dodgems.

The park is still owned and run by the family to this day, and is one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions.

Drayton Manor Theme Park opened in April 1950 Credit: Michael Crabtree/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Mr Bryan pictured with his wife Vera Credit: Birmingham Mail

Tourist attractions feel the effects of the big freeze

The snow and ice may have melted but the impact of the arctic conditions are still being felt.

Some of the biggest tourist attractions in the Midlands were forced to close as the big freeze set in.

One says it has lost £750,000 and has seen a fifty per cent fall in visitor numbers compared to the same time last year. Deborah Hadfield reports.

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