News: December 2003
In January 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.
Sunday, 7 December 2003
Photographs of last Sunday's fire at Dreamland, which completely destroyed the waltzer ride, have been added to the website. Click here to view them.
Saturday, 6 December 2003
Campaign leader Nick Laister gave a talk at the European Coaster Club's Annual General Meeting at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Nick updated members on progress with the campaign, as well as giving a more general talk about Britain's amusement park heritage. Nick also gave a short presentation on recent events at Shipley Glen Pleasure Grounds. Nick thanked the European Coaster Club for its continued help and support with the Save Dreamland Campaign, stating that "the campaign would not be where it is today without the help of the ECC and its members."
Wednesday, 3 December 2003
Paul continues: "Looking at the pictures on American Midway I think they may be from a rear car as they look as if they may have something attached to the top of the heads, perhaps cushioning for the brakeman to lean on? Also they do not have a hole for the higher of the 2 crossbars seen on most front cars. They appear to have been sawed off the cars roughly level with the floor line as they include only the top part of the spiral like section."
Paul is currently trying to decide whether to strip and restore them or just leave them as they are, but if anyone can shed any light on which Scenic Railway they originate from, he would be very pleased to hear from you. You can contact Paul via the Save Dreamland Campaign, or post to the Forum.
Monday, 1 December 2003
Local Campaign Coordinator Sarah Vickery is interviewed live on BBC Radio Kent's Barbara Sturgeon Show about yesterdays fire at the Park. "We obviously don't yet know what caused the blaze," Sarah points out. "There may not be any foul play involved - but this does highlight how vulnerable the site is to vandals and arson attacks," she says. "The campaign would like to see the site much more effectively secured. Our primary concern is ensuring the protection of the Scenic Railway."