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Drayton Manor, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has filed notice of its intent to appoint administrators. In an email to staff the owners of the tourist attraction, which includes Thomas Land and is home to the Shockwave rollercoaster, have said it will continue to operate as normal. The park's press office said that it was unable to comment on the matter at the moment. Drayton Manor Park's George Bryan (left) receives the 'We're Good To Go' certificate from Sir Patrick McLoughlin The theme park has been operated by the Bryan family since it was founded by George and Vera Bryan in 1950. The park says it is at a "very advanced stage" of securing "fresh investment" which would not result in any job losses.

It reopened to the public on July 4 after several months of enforced closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Nottingham-based Mellors Group, which took over Fantasy Island on the East Coast in 2016, was understood to have been positioning itself to acquire the Tamworth attraction and registered the company Drayton Manor Operations Ltd on July 13 but its current intentions have not been confirmed. Drayton Manor Drayton Manor, which reported a loss of £1.8 million in the year to February 2019, is currently open seven days a week and is operating as normal. Earlier this year Drayton Manor was forced to close for 12 days due to severe flooding in the park in the aftermath of Storm Dennis in February when the main lake burst its banks, causing significant flooding. An extensive clean-up operation involved more than 150 employees.

Advertising Just weeks after reopening it was forced to shut again due to the coronavirus crisis. The park was shut for three months before its attractions that also include Stormforce 10, Apocalypse and Maelstrom rides and the 15-acre conservation zoo - home to more than 100 animals – were able to begin welcoming visitors again. The attraction has introduced an innovative virtual queuing system in certain areas of the park, which allows guests to queue digitally via the Drayton Manor Park app. Once they have joined a queue, riders can see how long they have left until their allocated ride time and receive a notification and boarding pass, which will be scanned before boarding the attraction when it's their turn to ride. Staff at the park are wearing full PPE, including face masks and shields and acrylic screens have been installed at customer serving points throughout the park, including guest services, retail and catering outlets. Tickets are being sold through the Drayton Manor website – www.draytonmanor.co.uk – on a pre-booked basis. It is offering discounts of up to 28 per cent off tickets this summer and has launched a new four for £90 ticket, which allows four people of any age to enter the park for £22.50 each. The new ticket offer is available until Saturday, October 31. The video will start in 8 Cancel Latest news straight to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Drayton Manor has reportedly filed notice of its intent to appoint adminstrators. But its owners are understood to have told staff in an email that the Staffordshire theme park and zoo will continue to "operate as normal." RideRater report that the park - which houses popular Thomas Land - is at a "very advanced stage" of securing "fresh investment," which would not result in any job losses. BirminghamLive has approached Drayton Manor for a statement, but was told they would not be commenting on the matter. RideRater also report that the Mellors Group, which took over Fantasy Island in 2016, initially looked to acquire the site in Tamworth. It said the group registered the company Drayton Manor Operations Limited on July 13, but "their current intentions have not been confirmed." In a typical good year of business, Drayton Manor entertains about 1.5 million people. But the Government lockdown ordered on March 23 meant it had to close. Drayton Manor reported a loss of £1.8 million in the year to February 2019. It opened on July 4 after months of closure due to the pandemic. The family-run business was founded by George and Vera Bryan in 1950 and has been celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. They bought the land and had opened it as a small attraction with children's rides until it developed significantly in the 1980s. Popular thrill rides included Apocalypse which was installed in 2000, The Ben 10, later known as Accelerator in 2017, and Air Race emerged in 2014. Thomas Land rides were introduced between 2008 and 2017.