Geoffrey Thompson 1936
- 2004: Geoffrey Thompson, was owner & MD of the park until his death in
June 2004. Geoffrey was no ordinary MD though, he spent most of his life at
the Pleasure Beach - his father was MD of the park, and his mother, Mrs LD
Thompson remained on the board of directors, until she sadly died on the day
of Geoff's funeral. Geoffrey became MD when Leonard Thompson died in 1976.
He was a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, Rollercoaster club of
GB and the European Coaster Club, welcoming enthusiasts to the park with new
rides: GT was responsible for THE BIG ONE, AVALANCHE, REVOLUTION, SPACE
INVADER, STEEPLECHASE, amongst others. He was also president of IAPPA
(International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions). Whilst
profitable!, he was also charitable (see auction above!), but his greatest
contribution is to the tourist industry in Blackpool & Southport - Geoffrey
also owned & directed Pleasureland, where he introduced the TRAUMATIZER. His
daughter Amanda has been appointed with his position, and brother Nick, as
vice-MD of the park.