TOWER stalwart Geoff Sage has announced he is to leave the attraction to pursue other interests.
New bosses Merlin Entertainments today confirmed the general manager would be quitting as boss at Blackpool Tower in the coming weeks.
But before leaving, Mr Sage said it had been a fantastic opportunity to work with the entertainment giants who are due to re-launch the new look attraction in September.
He added: “It’s been a really interesting few months not least giving me an opportunity to get to see some of the other Merlin attractions and to meet their teams.
“This was not an easy decision to make because I love the Tower and have had a great time here.
“However I feel the time is right to move on knowing the Tower is in good hands and has a real future going forward.”
Merlin bosses and Mr Sage’s colleagues at the Tower are already planning a special farewell event next month and said they hoped he would continue to be a regular visitor to the attraction.
Merlin will now begin the search for a new general manager ready for the re-launch celebrations.
Iain Hawkins, head of Merlin Entertainments’ Blackpool cluster, said: “We are very sorry to see Geoff leave and we wish him well in whatever he decides to do in the future.
“He is a lovely man, and has been an important part of the Tower for many years.
“He will be much missed, but we understand his decision.
“Over recent months Geoff has played a key role in helping to facilitate the changeover to Merlin.
“He’s helped not only with our real understanding of the practical issues relating to the building; but also the historic and emotional importance of the Tower to Blackpool and its residents; and I would like to take this opportunity to offer him both my personal thanks, and that of the company.”
The new Tower will see a revamped observation deck with a new atttraction – the Tower Dungeon - opening in the former aquarium in the basement.
Mr Hawkins added: “This is one of the most exciting and potentially challenging jobs within the Merlin Group, and I have no doubt we’ll have a great deal of interest from inside and outside the company.”