Farewell to Doris who retires after 43 years at Drayton Manor

Pictured: Doris Smith

Drayton Manor Theme Park has given a fond farewell to Doris Smith, who has retired after an impressive 43 years working at the park.

During the past four decades, Doris has held a number of roles in the park’s hospitality business. She started her career as a glass collector before moving behind the bar to serve drinks. Doris eventually became the Bar Manager before being promoted to her most recent role, Senior Duty Manager.

And keeping things in the family, over the years Doris’ three grandchildren have also worked with her at the park.

Family and friends gave Tamworth-resident Doris, a fitting send off with a party, which was held in the park’s Tower Suite. The party also coincided with Doris’ 70th birthday.

Doris said: “Whilst I’m really looking forward to my retirement I can wholeheartedly say that I’m going to miss working alongside all my friends and family at the park. After 43 years it will be strange not being here most days but I’m sure I’ll make regular return visits to catch up with everyone and enjoy the rides!” 

Colin Bryan, managing director of Drayton Manor Theme Park, said: “It has been a pleasure to have Doris at the park for all these years. Everyone will be sad to see her go, but we all wish her the very best for her retirement.”


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