News: August 2006

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.

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Friday, 18 August 2006

Dreamland news appears in today's Isle of Thanet Gazette, as Waterbridge plan a public consultation with "the people of Margate" and showman George Webb reports a good season so far.

Monday, 14 August 2006

The Scenic Railway features on a brand new DVD out this week. Ride It! Volume 2 includes a full, unedited station-to-station front seat ride on the Scenic Railway. The DVD also features 29 other roller coaster rides from around the world and is a must for any roller coaster enthusiast.

Dreamland and its Scenic Railway now feature on a number of DVDs and books. Just For Fun is an American documentary on British amusement parks, and pays a visit to Dreamland. This DVD also includes a ride on the Scenic. Going further back in time, pay a visit to Dreamland in 1993, in South East Tour from Dave Homer Video.

Dreamland Remembered is the definitive history of the park in an excellent book written by local author, Nick Evans. This second edition is updated, but a limited number of first edition copies are available in the Joyland Books Secondhand Shop.

Sunday, 13 August 2006

Today's Kent on Sunday newspaper features an article on the 'battle' between Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company (MTCRC) and Jimmy Godden, with MTCRC claiming that Godden owes them unpaid rent exceeding six figures on a section of Dreamland.

The article also provides Adventure Island owner, Philip Miller, the opportunity to respond to MTCRC's recent claims that Miller no is longer interested in Dreamland. Miller states: "I am not interested in buying it for more than it is worth as a derelict site, but I am still interested. I have said in the past that I would pay 3.5m for it, and would be willing to invest more than 10m in redeveloping it. The site is barely worth anything as it is, so I am reluctant to pay for it but I would consider shared ownership of it and investing in the fun park."

 

Thursday, 3 August 2006

Last Friday's Thanet Gazette covered the latest Dreamland fence news! Today's Thanet Times also featured a short piece on Dreamland.