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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 November 2005, 08:42 GMT
Family's pride in theme park past
Doris and Geoffrey Thompson
Doris Thompson died hours after Geoffrey's funeral
The managing director of one of the UK's top tourist attractions says she is "proud" her family's business is being celebrated in its home town.

Photographs from the archive of the family-owned Blackpool Pleasure Beach are on show at the Grundy Art Gallery in the resort.

The exhibition is a tribute to two of the attraction's most influential figures, Geoffrey and Doris Thompson.

Mr Thompson's daughter, Amanda, is the Pleasure Beach's managing director.

She said: "My father and grandmother were well respected figureheads in Blackpool and indeed the amusement industry.

Geoffrey Thompson rides an elephant for a ride opening in 1989

"I'm proud that the council wish to honour their legacy in a way that will appeal to generations of people who have enjoyed a trip to Pleasure Beach.

"I am looking forward to seeing the exhibition for myself at the Grundy."

The exhibition will feature 60 pictures, taken from the ground and the air, from classic black and white shots to photos of the park's The Big One rollercoaster.

Mrs Thompson OBE, 101, who was chairman of the pleasure beach, died only hours after her 67-year-old son's funeral.

Geoffrey Thompson played a key part in the park's profile and rode an elephant for the opening of the Fliegender Teppich (flying carpet) ride in 1989.

The exhibition opens on Saturday and runs until 14 January.

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