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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internationally-important Scenic Railway ride.
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Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Saturday, 24 May 2008
After much planning and
preparation, the Dreamcoaster build is underway at the
Substation. There's been lots of interest from the public and some
wonderful acts of generosity in terms of donations. "The structure
is just starting to take shape," reports Dave Collard.
Details of the Dreamcoaster event
are being aired on both Invicta FM and KMFM radio stations over the
Bank Holiday weekend.
Click on the thumbnails below for
Campaign member Rhyannon Richardson making the
Dreamcoaster's station sign
Thanks to generous donation we have plenty of
Dave Collard hard at work, helped out by Ronnie, who
spent most of the day assisting with the build
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Nick Laister and Susan Marsh of the
Save Dreamland Campaign were in London on Tuesday to meet Toby
Hunter and Ross Stewart, representatives of Dreamland owner the
Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company. Discussions focussed
on the the proposed heritage amusement park. Also in attendance was
Derek Harding (Chief Executive of the Margate Renewal Partnership),
Nick Dermott (of Thanet District Council) and heritage consultant
Jason Wood, who is advising on the procurement of funding for the
Tuesday's Thanet Times featured
news of the forthcoming Dreamcoaster event in Margate.
Saturday, 17 May 2008
The Thanet Extra on 16 May
covered the forthcoming Dreamcoaster exhibition.
Thursday, 15 May 2008
The Secretary of campaign group
SAVE Britain's Heritage has added his support to the
Dreamcoaster exhibition, announced earlier this week:
Scroll down for more
details of the event.
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
We now have available a printable A4
poster advertising the much anticipated Dreamcoaster event. We are
encouraging all supporters of this campaign to download and print
out a colour copy of the poster (or two, or three...) and pin them
here and select the option 'Save Target As' to download the poster.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
of the Save Dreamland Campaign's forthcoming Dreamcoaster
event have been announced. The event is an exhibition of
Dreamland films and memorabilia to be held at Margate's
Substation Project Space (just off Margate High Street),
preceded by a week-long building of a wooden structure based
on the Scenic Railway. Everybody is welcome to join in and
spend as much time as they wish on the project.
In addition to the coaster
build and exhibition, there will be talks from Nick Evans
Dreamland Remembered) and Iain Aitch (journalist and
author of A Fete Worse Than Death).
Here is the full programme:
Click on each of the images
above to download high resolution PDFs. Spread the word!
Monday, 12 May 2008
Nick Laister and Susan Marsh of the
Save Dreamland Campaign, along with heritage consultant Jason
Woods and author
Walton, met with Professor Vanessa Toulmin (Director of the
National Fairground Archive) at Sheffield University today to
discuss the first grant application for the proposed Dreamland
Heritage Amusement Park. It is planned to submit the application
later this year.
The Twentieth Century Society
has issued an updated press release on the Scenic Railway fire,
which inaccurately states that Thanet Council has served a Repairs
Notice. The release can be viewed
here. This release follows an earlier
release which had incorrectly stated that only 20% of the
Scenic Railway's structure survived.
The Thanet Adscene of 8 May
contained some news on the repairs to the Scenic Railway.
The Thanet Extra of 9 May
reported on the upgrading of the Dreamland Cinema's statutory
listing (although the report inaccurately suggests that the Scenic
Railway is II* listed):.
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
SAVE DREAMLAND CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES DREAM COASTER
recent arson attack on the Scenic Railway, the Save
Dreamland Campaign has teamed up with Margate-based Limbo
Arts to stage a community exhibition celebrating Dreamland’s
heritage and inviting the public to share their memories of
are being invited to come along to the Substation at Bilton
Square (off Margate High Street) to help build the Dream
Coaster, a huge wooden model made out of donated scrap
timber and based on the layout of the Scenic Railway. The
build will be supervised by a core team of workers, and
helpers can pop in for an hour, stay for the day or work on
the coaster all week!
Our Dream Coaster will then be the focal point of a
week-long exhibition when visitors will be invited to share
their memories, hopes and dreams. We are also asking the
public to loan Dreamland or Scenic memorabilia for display
and dig out old film footage of the park that we will
convert to DVD and make into a montage film. A programme of
talks and workshops is also being planned.
“The Scenic Railway and
Dreamland are synonymous with Margate; the coaster is much
loved by the community and residents and visitors of all
ages have memories of the park,” said Paul Hazelton, Project
Manager of Limbo Arts. “The recent fire has created a sense
of loss in the town and galvanised the local community:
people feel they want to do something but feel powerless.
The Substation once powered Dreamland and we hope the Dream
Coaster will now empower those individuals.”
Save Dreamland Campaign
Coordinator Sarah Vickery added: "We want people to delve
into their sheds or garages for scrap pieces of wood and
bring them along to turn into our own version of the famous
"So many people have been
affected by the fire, we thought one way of tapping into
that momentum was to give everyone the chance of joining in
a community art project like this.
"The actual size of the
Dream Coaster, and the amount of detail, will depend, of
course, on how much timber we are given but the inside of
the Substation is 16 metres long, so it has to fit inside
We need the public’s help
in a number of ways…
Donations of scrap wood, especially long lengths to be
used for the main structure. Also nails, screws and wood
glue. Please ring Paul Hazelton, Project Manager of
Limbo, on 078 1278 0984 to arrange either pick up or
of Dreamland/Scenic Railway memorabilia for display. All
items can be deposited at the Shell Grotto, Margate,
open daily, 10am to 5pm.
of old film footage, which again can be handed in at the
So get these dates into
Build week: 23-30 May
Exhibition: 31 May – 7 June
The Substation, Bilton Square, off High Street, Margate
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