Tributes paid to popular Lancashire businessman

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known businessman and former Evening Post photographer.

Michael Taylor, who started his career as a press photographer, died in hospital on January 16, aged 78.

His national service was spent working as a photographer for the Ministry of Defence travelling around Africa and the Middle East before working at the Evening Post.

He later eveloped the Pleasure Island complex on St Annes seafront and owned caravan parks on the Fylde. His company Carr Royd Leisure opened Pleasure Island on the site of the former St Annes outdoor baths in 1993. It featured a four-screen cinema, bowling alley, amusement arcade and restaurant and at one point also boasted a casino and a static steam train, but the centre closed in 2009.

Mr Taylor, who was born in Poulton and lived in Stalmine, owned the award-winning Sunset caravan park in Hambleton.

His wife Sandy said: “Michael was a strong, self made man. He will hopefully be remembered as being direct but kind, helpful and having a wicked sense of humour. He campaigned to upgrade the image of the caravan industry and he always cared about quality. He said he never wanted to retire. To Michael, retirement meant running the businesses he loved and being able to travel as he wanted.”

He was diagnosed with cancer last July and died at Christies Hospital, following a heart attack.

His funeral service will be held at 12.15pm tomorrow at St James Church, Stalmine.