Wright family recognised for services to Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:13 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:13 05 March 2018

The High Sheriff of Devon honours the Wright family. Ref exe 08-18TI 8126. Picture: Terry Ife

The High Sheriff of Devon honours the Wright family. Ref exe 08-18TI 8126. Picture: Terry Ife

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An Exmouth family which ran popular seafront attractions for more than 40 years have been recognised by the High Sheriff of Devon.

The High Sheriff of Devon honours the Wright family. Ref exe 08-18TI 8121. Picture: Terry IfeThe High Sheriff of Devon honours the Wright family. Ref exe 08-18TI 8121. Picture: Terry Ife

The Wright family, who owned the former Exmouth Fun Park, including Arnold Palmer Golf, Jungle Fun and crazy golf before eviction last summer, have been presented with the High Sheriff of Devon Award at her Budleigh Salterton home.

The honour can only be given to one individual or family during the current sheriff’s tenure.

Chris Wright, son of Maureen and Tony who first moved to Exmouth in the 1970s, told The Journal of the family’s delight at the award.

He said: “It was a wonderful gesture – something that we are very honoured, humbled and delighted to receive in recognition of the family’s commitment and 40 years of serving the public.”

The High Sheriff of Devon honours the Wright family. Ref exe 08-18TI 8121. Picture: Terry IfeThe High Sheriff of Devon honours the Wright family. Ref exe 08-18TI 8121. Picture: Terry Ife

Attending the Presentation were Maureen, her sons Chris and Gary and their wives Carol and Val, Chris’ daughter Charley and sons Morgan and Jonty.

Chris’ nephew Nick Wright was also there as well as niece Sarah Woodward and great nephew Recce Banks.

The family moved to Exmouth in 1974 when Maureen and husband Tony took over the Arnold Palmer Golf putting course.

Some 10 years later the Jungle Fun attraction was added on the same site.

From 1992, their son David took over the Fun Park business, on the adjacent site, before selling it to his brother Chris who ran it up until its closure last year.

Over the year’s Chris has developed the attractions at Exmouth Fun Park including the triple wave slide being built in 1993 and a zip line, swings and wood play area arrived two years later. In 1997 the iconic swan boats were introduced and remained in-situ until eviction in 2017.

Maureen continued to run the Arnold Palmer and Jungle Fun site and the family pulled together to build a crazy golf attraction when the previous one, next door, closed down.

The Wright family have also has strong connections with Exmouth Rugby Club.

In 2015 the family took over Otterton Mill.

High Sheriff Heleen Lindsay-Fynn, added: “Exmouth has been a better place because Maureen and Tony Wright chose to settle here - and for that we would wish to express our eternal gratitude.”

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