News: December 2004 - February 2005
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.
Monday, 28 February 2005
Nick Laister was interviewed by local radio KMFM.
Saturday, 26 February 2005
The Thanet Youth Council has joined the ever-expanding Save Dreamland Campaign. Thanet Youth Council is a group of 11-20 year olds who campaign for the issues that concern the youth in Thanet. Activities in the past have included running a national youth conference in Margate, involvement in policy making for Thanet District Council, giving local conferences for the development of citizenship in Thanet and attending protests for the ' No Airport at Cliffe' campaign. The TYC has received many negative responses towards the closure of Dreamland and is currently organising a petition and a liaison with owners of a similar park in Southend-on-Sea.
Friday, 25 February 2005
Thursday, 17 February 2005
Monday, 14 February 2005
More news on Dreamland's 2005 season. It now seems likely that the Scenic Railway will operate throughout the 2005 season, but this isn't confirmed. We also understand that the rest of the rides will be operated on a token system, and Mr Ayers is considering a nominal charge to enter the park to ensure that a family atmosphere is maintained at all times. We understand that the park will be leased for a two-year period, and it may even also open on Bonfire Night and at Christmas!
Campaign Leader, Nick Laister, said: "This is fantastic news. I have spoken to Mr Ayers and his plans for Dreamland are encouraging and should revitalise the park for the new season. He is going to tidy up the park and hopes to return it to the top family attraction that it always was. He is committed to only operating top class rides at the park. New rides for the park this year could include a Drop Tower and the Top Buzz, both of which are major white knuckle rides. Discussions are continuing regarding the Scenic Railway, but our hope is that it will run for 2005."
"I am sure that the Save Dreamland Campaign will give Mr Ayers all the support we can, as it is of massive importance to Margate that the park continues to operate, following the disastrous start to the 2004 season when the park was closed until the end of July. We wish him the best of luck!"
Sunday, 13 February 2005
The Save Dreamland Campaign has heard from a very reliable source within the amusement park industry that Dreamland will open for the 2005 season from 21 May until the end of September. We understand that a two-year lease on the park will shortly be signed by leading showman Harry Ayers. Until recently, Ayers leased several of his rides to Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park in Suffolk, but these are now being removed following the acquisition of the park by French theme park operator Grévin & Cie. The Campaign understands that Ayers' own rides, which include a Top Scan and Ali Baba, will be joined by other rides to replace those rides sold earlier this year to Henk Bembom. The 2005 line-up will apparently feature 12 big rides, plus other supporting rides, and there will be a "significant investment" in the park. We do not know whether Ayers will operate the Scenic Railway, which could either remain closed this year or, alternatively, be leased to another operator. We also understand that Ayers is hoping to extend the Dreamland lease to five years, but that is not confirmed. More news here as it breaks!
Friday, 4 February 2005
Several campaign members have noticed rides being removed from Dreamland over the past few days. We can reveal that the Wild Mouse and Regatta rides have been acquired by Henk Bembom, one of the former owners of Dreamland. Bembom is currently moving the rides to his Loudoun Castle Theme Park in Scotland.
This was covered in today's Thanet Gazette under the headline 'Dreamland rides are sold'.
In other news, also reported in the Gazette, the Inspector's report on the Isle of Thanet Local Plan Inquiry, which was held in June 2004, has been delayed. The report, which will consider the future of Dreamland, is not now expected until October.
Thursday, 20 January 2005
Friday, 31 December 2004
Missing the Scenic Railway during the closed season? With thanks to Adrian Whitcombe, you can now take a front seat ride from the comfort of your PC. Click here to go to Coasterz.co.uk, where you can watch a full, front seat ride on the Scenic in either Windows Media Player or Quicktime.
All the best for 2005!
Friday, 24 December 2004
Short Christmas message from Campaign Leader Nick Laister taken from the Save Dreamland Forum:
"Merry Christmas to all
Keep checking back to this page as the Campaign gears up for new challenges in 2005.