2003 the owner of Dreamland, Jimmy Godden, announced the closure of Dreamland.
The park is to be redeveloped as "leisure boxes, some retail and a supermarket".
Joyland Books will provide updates on the campaign to save Dreamland and its
internationally-important Scenic Railway ride.
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|Today was a
worrying day for members of the Save Dreamland Campaign as another fire
hit Dreamland. Six fire engines attended the blaze, which broke out at
around 1500. Sarah Vickery reported from the site that the fire had
broken out on the Waltzer (pictured earlier in the year, right), and
that the Scenic Railway was unaffected. By 1600 the fire had been
brought under control, but the Waltzer ride was completely destroyed.
The ride had recently been advertised for sale in trade newspaper
Dreamland fire in the
Save Dreamland Forum.
The Save Dreamland
Campaign is not alone in its struggle to save an amusement park and its
here for an interview with Mike Short, who is heading up a campaign to
save the Shipley Glen Pleasure Grounds, Bradford, and the Grade II listed
Aerial Glide ride. Courtesy of The
Amusement Magazine features a full-page article on the Save Dreamland
Campaign's progress through 2003 in its November issue (Issue 122). In the
article, Campaign Leader Nick Laister says:
Dreamland Campaign is undoubtedly in a much stronger position now than it was at
the start of the year. The profile of the issue has been raised locally,
decision-makers have been lobbied and we now have support from all over the
world. Most newspapers are giving us positive press, although one local
newspaper famously described Campaign members as a 'rather pathetic group of
mourners'. That did not go unnoticed by our members."
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|One for the
collector. Steve Hunt of
Antique Amusement Magazine has informed us that these scenic
railway carvings appear in the catalogue for this Sunday's Vintage
Amusement Auction at the Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton. As the
photograph on the right shows, they look identical to those on the
Dreamland trains, but Steve is not certain of their origin. Can anyone
shed any light on this? The sale starts at 11am and further details can
be found on the Auction website:
Dreamland Remembered author Nick Evans will be offering
copies of Dreamland Remembered, the Dreamland mug and
framed reproductions of old Dreamland posters from his stand at the
Sun 30 November,
Antique & Collectors Fair, Court Stairs, Pegwell near Ramsgate, 10am to
Sun 7 December, Tankerton Christmas Street Market, High Street,
Tankerton, Whitstable, 1pm to 6pm.
Sun 14 December, Christmas Craft Fair, Broadstairs Pavilion, off York
Street, Broadstairs, 10am to 4pm.
Dreamland mugs are also now on sale at the tourism centres in Thanet at
£4.50 over the counter and also from The Shell Grotto, Margate. The
Shell Grotto also has some of Nick Evans' framed posters on sale too.
The frames are £24 each or two for £45.
A range of Dreamland
photographs and gifts, celebrating the park's years under the ownership
of the Bembom Brothers, is also available to buy online via the Save
Dreamland website by clicking here.
Above: Scenic Railway
carvings at the Vintage Amusement Auction, 30 November 2003. Below: Nick
Evans' Dreamland Posters
Nick Laister and
Sarah Vickery have completed a very busy week of meetings in their campaign to
save Dreamland. Nick Laister says:
"We are both
aware that there has been very little news about the campaign over the past few
weeks. But please don't assume that because there is no news that nothing is
happening - that couldn't be further from the truth. We have spent the last
couple of weeks meeting lots of different people who can really make a
difference when it comes to the future of Dreamland. At this moment in time,
things are looking positive, but we can't say more than that at the moment. In
my experience planning and development is a very slow process, with numerous
different parties involved; things rarely happen quickly. But as soon as
anything firm is announced, we will let all our members know straight away. Stay
Following on from
yesterday's story about Britain's second listed amusement park ride, an attempt
was made today by the owner of Shipley Glen Pleasure Grounds to demolish the
ride. Police were called, and council officials attended the scene and the
attempt was halted. It is not yet known whether the park owner will be charged.
Before the police arrived at the scene, a substantial section of the running
rail was removed, and one of the support towers was partly dismantled.
Demolition - in whole or in part - of a listed building is a criminal offence
and, if prosecuted, comes with a hefty fine and/or a prison sentence. More
details of this unfolding drama will be posted on the
Joyland Books News page and on the dedicated
Aerial Glide/Shipley Glen Pleasure Grounds website.
On a brighter
note, Dreamland Remembered
author Nick Evans will be at Broadstairs Pavilion this Sunday with his
table full of Dreamland goodies. See news report on Tuesday 28 November for
details of his range of merchandise.
|As of Friday 31 October,
Dreamland's Scenic Railway is no longer Britain's only listed amusement
park ride. Save Dreamland Campaign Leader Nick Laister was
drafted in by a campaign group fighting to save the Shipley Glen
Pleasure Grounds (Shipley, West Yorkshire), which the owner wants to
redevelop as a housing estate. The campaign group had heard rumours that
the biggest ride at the Pleasure Grounds, the circa 1900 Aerial Glide
(the oldest surviving amusement park ride in the UK) was about to be
demolished. Nick Laister and local campaigner Mike Short put together a
report to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) requesting
the ride be spot listed. The report, which was received by the DCMS on
Thursday 30 October, was given emergency status by English Heritage. The
ride was listed the following day.
Click here to find out more about the ride and to download for
free the report that resulted in the ride being listed.
Above: The Aerial Glide at
Shipley Glen Pleasure Grounds, West Yorkshire (Photo:
|A new Photo Gallery has
been added to the Save Dreamland website. Dreamland: The Bembom Years
takes you on a trip back in time to a period when Dreamland was drawing
in 2 million visitors a year, and was the UK's number 2 pay-on-entry
park (second only to Alton Towers). See the Scenic Railway, Water Chute,
Big Wheel and the famous Looping Star. Plus, we have teamed up with
Joyland Books to offer you the chance to buy large 8"x10" colour prints
of all the photographs. You can also turn your favourite photograph into
a Dreamland gift - choose from Mouse Mats, T-Shirts, Mugs and much
Click here for the new Photo Gallery.
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