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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Sunday, 25 November 2007
An update on our appeal for funds
for moving the Rhyl Water Chute to Thanet. Campaign Coordinator,
Sarah Vickery, has left the following message on the
Dreamland Campaign Forum:
"So far we've raised £1000.50,
which is fantastic; huge thanks to all of you who have contributed.
We're still awaiting a couple of bills, so don't yet know exactly
how much this endeavour is going to cost us. However, we're
expecting it to be a bit less than the £2000 originally quoted
thanks to the kindness of our contractors.
As long as I have an email address to write to, I am acknowledging
all donations as they arrive. If you have sent a cheque and haven't
heard from me, it's because it's not here yet.
If anyone else would like to donate, but can't remember where the
cheque book is, email me at
and I'll send you Paypal details. I'm covering all Paypal fees as
part of my donation, so everything you give this way goes straight
to the fund.
Thanks again everyone."
And if you want to find out more
about the history of the Rhyl Water Chute,
for an article about the demolition of the identical water chute at
Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Gary Radice's
themagiceye. The article
includes a general history of water chutes by Save Dreamland
Campaign Leader Nick Laister.
Finally, a few news items to catch up
with. The Thanet Times on 6 November featured much coverage
of the final closure of the Dreamland Cinema.
The Isle of Thanet Gazette of 9
November also had extensive coverage.
And from the Thanet
Times on 20 November, with more than one person
proposing that the Turner Gallery be located in the
disused Dreamland Cinema building.
Friday, 9 November 2007
|A new book
released by English Heritage features Margate extensively.
England's Seaside Resort by Allan Brodie and Gary Winter,
which celebrates some of England's favourite holiday
destinations, even includes a section on fairgrounds
featuring a well-known listed roller coaster.
for more details of the book.
And if you want to find out more about
the Water Chute that was rescued from Rhyl's Ocean Beach Fun Fair
last month by the Save Dreamland Campaign for potential use in the
proposed Heritage Amusement Park at Dreamland, an article on the
history of these unique (and now completely extinct) rides has been
added to amusement park history website Gary
Radice's themagiceye. This website also includes
photographs of the demolition of the Rhyl chute.
Saturday, 3 November 2007
We are pleased to report that the
mechanical parts of the Rhyl Water Chute have now safely
arrived in Thanet. They are being stored in an undisclosed location
on the Isle. The boats, motors and gears were unloaded by Dave
Collard and Simon Goodenough, with the help of Thanet District
Council. Here are some photographs of the Water Chute being unloaded
and placed in storage:
Simon Goodenough as the trailer arrives.
Dave Collard poses in front of the Water Chute
The first boat is lifted from the trailer.
The motors and other mechanical parts salvaged from
The main Water Chute motor.
Simon and the Water Chute parts.
Dave Collard wants to be the last person to 'ride'
...but that honour goes to Simon!
The Thanet Times on 30 October carried news of the
closure of the Dreamland Cinema after 84 years.
here for the latest news
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