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".
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Campaign members were in attendance at the Margate Exodus Burning of
the Waste Man this evening, along with thousands of spectators. After the Burn
campaigners handed out leaflets to the departing crowds. Local Campaign
Coordinator Sarah Vickery comments: "We must have distributed around 1000
Campaign leaflets - we ran out very quickly because people were seeking us out
to take one. We did try to hand one over to Jimmy Godden as he left, but he
wasn't inclined to wind his car window down sadly." With thanks to Dave Collard,
Paul Freeman and Rhyannon Richardson for helping out.
(Photograph: Paul Freeman)
The owners of Dreamland, the Margate Town Centre Regeneration
Company (MTCRC), has launched its consultation website,
www.textmargate.com. The website
does not yet provide any information on MTCRC, nor does it state that the company owns
Dreamland, but people can already send their
"ideas on the future of Margate town centre".
The launch of the new website is covered in Friday's
Thanet Gazette, with the curious headline 'Dreamland: Now it's time to have you
An article on the Channel 4 film
The Margate Exodus is in today's
Guardian. You can read the article, written by Save Dreamland Campaign member
here. Margate Exodus, organised by arts charity Artangel, will involve
hundreds of local people in a retelling of the story of Moses leading the
Israelites out of Egypt and slavery and will culminate in the burning of a 25m
high figurative sculpture in Dreamland. 'Exodus Day' is on September 30 -
see themargateexodus.org.uk for full details.
London's Burning star Rupert Baker has
joined the Save Dreamland Campaign. The actor, who originates from Kent, is most
well-known for playing leading fire-fighter Malcolm Cross in five seasons of the
long-running ITV drama series, which ran from 1988 to 2002.
Rupert says: "I have very strong feelings about
saving Dreamland and keeping an amusement park in the town. I also have many
happy memories of the park from childhood and later on visits with girlfriends
on the motor bike".
Rupert is currently on tour in
Tunes of Glory
with the Middle Ground Theatre Company.
Monday, 18 September 2006
Channel 4 airs the documentary 'The Ups and Downs of the Scenic', the
history of the Dreamland Scenic Railway. Forming part of the Seaside Secrets
Series, the programme included extensive footage of the Scenic Railway and
features Save Dreamland Campaign leader Nick Laister telling the story of how
the ride came to be built at Margate.
Click here to view the documentary online.
Railway features as The 20th Century Society's Building of the Month for
September, with a piece written by TDC Conservation Architect Nick Dermott
highlighting the coaster's plight.
Click here to
visit the Society's site and read the article.
In less positive news, the Save Dreamland Campaign
is sad to report that demolition of the Cyclone roller coaster in Southport,
built in 1937, has now commenced. This follows the surprise closure of the park
on 6 September.
Click here for photographs and to read the comments of Southport
Discuss this news on the Save Dreamland Forum.
A brand new
documentary about Dreamland's Scenic Railway will air on Channel 4 this
coming Monday, 18 September 2006. Part of the popular Seaside Secrets series,
the programme is called 'The Ups and Downs of the Scenic' and tells the story of
this historic ride. Presented by
Tony Livesey, editor-in-chief and managing director of the Daily Sport and
Sunday Sport newspapers, presenter of the BBC Radio Lancashire breakfast show
and sports reporter on BBC North West Tonight, the programme
is understood to include interviews with Dreamland operator George Webb, Save
Dreamland Campaigner Nick Laister and Dreamland historian Mick Tomlinson.
The programme airs at 1.20pm - set your video recorders!
Dreamland appeared in Tuesday's Thanet Times:
Dreamland was due to close
on Sunday as Channel 4 crews get ready to film Margate Exodus.
Showman George Webb says he hopes to come back next season and
is in negotiations with the park's owners.
George said:" The bungee
has been running and people have been using it. The film company
is due to take over on September 10, and it takes a couple of
days to pack up the park. We are negotiating bits and pieces
with the contract but I want to come back. It is not making vast
money but it will pick up. I am also going to see if the bungee
can be kept running in the car park for a bit longer."
Channel 4 are using local
people to film Margate Exodus. which is a retelling of a
Southport's Pleasureland amusement
park has announced that it has closed down, with immediate effect. The
announcement was made to staff yesterday at a special meeting; most of the staff
have been made redundant. This closure comes little over two years after its
owners, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, acquired the adjacent Southport Zoo in order
to expand the park. A statement issued today reads:
"It is with regret that the Directors of Pleasureland Ltd announce the
closure of their Pleasureland Amusement Park. We are extremely saddened to have
to make this announcement, especially as our hard-working and loyal team here
has helped us so much in our endeavours over the years.
"Pleasureland has proved unsustainable as a ride park, despite our repeated
significant investments in capital attractions. These include the £5million
TRAUMAtizer roller coaster, the Space Shot vertical drop ride, and the
Casablanca Family Entertainment Centre, none of which sadly has generated a
return on capital."
"It must be acknowledged that the UK theme
park industry as a whole is facing increased competition from publicly-funded
and lottery-funded attractions which have significantly distorted the visitor
attractions market. This situation has been compounded by our weekend trading
now competing with extended Sunday shopping rules and Sunday sporting events. We
recognise that Pleasureland has long been an integral part of the resort and we
will be working closely with Sefton Council to discuss a practicable future for
the site. Our immediate efforts will now be with our staff; our Human Resources
team will be working together with external agencies to help and advise them as
much as we possibly can, at what is a difficult time for
all of us involved."
Save Dreamland Campaign Local Coordinator Sarah Vickery commented: "Of course,
we're saddened by this news. However, contrary to the owner's cry of
'unsustainable', this closure has very little, if anything, to do with the
park's viability, and is no reflection on the future of seaside amusement parks.
It has no impact on the Campaign except, inevitably, to make us fight all the
more vehemently for the future of Dreamland."
this news on our Forum here.
the history of Pleasureland Amusement Park in the 2005 book
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