Tributes to founding father of Beamish Museum

Frank Atkinson
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THE man who masterminded one of the North East’s most popular attractions has died at the age of 90.

Dr Frank Atkinson, CBE, created Beamish Open Air Museum, with the park welcoming its first visitors in 1971.

His son Neil, the youngest of his three sons, described his father as “an unstoppable force.”

He added “When Frank started something he always saw it through.

“We are all just so proud of him and the legacy he has left behind.

“Every bit of that place is him and the devotion he had to it is reflected in the hundreds of thousands of people who visit every year.”

The County Durham museum has become home to Wearside buildings, including the Hetton Silver Band Hall and trams from Sunderland among other artefacts.