Geoffrey Thompson

Although many people dream of being a real life Roller Coaster Tycoon, Geoffrey Thompson not only realised his dream, he did so in a way that only Geoffrey could have done so. Always the showman, he lived and breathed Blackpool Pleasure Beach for the best part of seven decades.

Geoffrey was born in Manchester on 16th November 1936. He was the only son of Leonard and Doris Thompson, themselves at the reigns of the Pleasure Beach until Leonard’s death in 1976.

Under his leadership, the Pleasure Beach introduced five major roller coasters (Steeplechase – 1976, Revolution – 1979, Space Invader – 1984, Avalanche – 1988 and The Big One – 1994).

It wasn’t just roller coasters that he brought to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Thompson also was the visionary behind several other large projects including Valhalla (the world’s biggest dark ride in 2000), the Big Blue Hotel in 2003 and a variety of new entertainment & dining venues at the park.

Alongside the construction of new rides and attractions, Thompson was a keen historian and ensured the maintenance of the park’s impressive collection of historic rides.

Away from Blackpool, Geoffrey also owned both Pleasureland Southport and Frontierland Morecambe, with a brief venture stateside in South Carolina.

On the 12th June 2004, at a party at the Pleasure Beach to celebrate his daughter Amanda’s wedding, Geoffrey Thompson died. He was 67.

Geoffrey Thompson’s vision and drive produced some of the most iconic rides and attractions that the UK has ever seen and his legacy continues to dominate the skyline of the Lancashire Coast.

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