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Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Emin calls for Dreamland to be rebuilt
| Margate-born Tracey Emin has
called for Dreamland to be rebuilt at the launch of a new show in
London. Emin was speaking to BBC News at the launch of 'Those Who
Suffer Love' at the White Cube Gallery, Piccadilly.
asked by BBC News what Margate needs to do to get back on its feet, she
stated: "Margate needs some money. Let's get Dreamland rebuilt, let's
get the seafront looking beautiful, let's have an antiques market once
a month. Let's get Margate back on the map".
call comes as the Government considers an application for grant funding
to rebuild the famous amusement park.
here to download the clip in wmv format.
23 May 2009
paper calls for Dreamland support
of Thanet Gazette has called on the people of Margate to
support the Dreamland Client Group's bids for grant funding to rebuild
coverage of Times article
| Your Thanet on 20 May
features extensive coverage of Dreamland Margate. The front page
headline is 'Park Strikes Back at Snooty Article', which reports
Dreamland Trust chair Nick Laister's
defence of Dreamland and Margate in The Times last
week, following the
article of 13 May by Richard Morrison. The article
includes an interview with Nick in which he sets out why The Times is
4 of the same newspaper features a report on the bid for £4m of Sea
Change grant funding from the DCMS. This features comments on the bid
from Thanet District Council Chief Executive Richard Samuel and from
Nick Laister, who notes that the grant applications are a very
competitive process this year.
(The 'Park Strikes
Back' article can be viewed online
reader has written to The Times in response to the 13 May article. The
writer, from St Albans, states: "Once the Turner is complete and
Dreamland running, I defy anyone to say it is not a lovely holiday
Read letter in full...
takes to the stage
| Dreamland takes to the stage
in a special free evening of theatre in Margate on Sunday 24 May.
Called 'Dreamland', the event takes place at the Theatre Royal in
Margate and is presented by Net Curtains Theatre Company. The evening
will combine comedy, drama and nostalgia while looking forward at the
London-based company, which has Richard Briers as a patron,
commissioned the plays. The Company's website states: "The existence in
the popular memory of a place called Dreamland at a time when a
community is discussing and devising its future is a theatrical
goldmine." There will be three site-specific plays around this
transition from the past to the exciting future. One will be voted to
become the "play for Margate", best reflecting the town's personality
and its place in 21st-century Britain.
The third play - Soul'd by James Woolf - will be of most interest to
Dreamland campaigners, as it looks at one man's quest to save what he
can from the remains of a burnt-out Dreamland roller-coaster.
To get your free tickets, phone the box office on 01227 787787. For
more information, visit
on the image above for a larger version, or
click here to
go to the website, which includes background information on the evening.
| The Save Dreamland Campaign
has also launched three new
The little-known Switchback Railway roller coaster
predated the Scenic Railway and was one of the very first roller
coasters to ever operate in the UK. But it was not located at
Dreamland. This gallery pieces together the limited information on this
A gallery of postcards of Sanger's Menagerie and
gardens, which predated Dreamland. Remains of the cages and other
structures were discovered last year and are now listed.
gallery: The Scenic Railway after the fire.
3. A set
of photographs of the Scenic Railway shortly after
the devastating fire in 2008, when the Campaign was given exclusive
access to the ride.
of Thanet Gazette of 8 May reported the latest grant funding application by
the Dreamland Client Group. The
Thanet Extra on 8 May featured a news
item on the Mr G's amusement arcade which was destroyed by fire in
2003, in which the co-ordinator for Margate Town Partnership explains
that the regeneration of Dreamland is essential to the future of the
unveiling of the heritage amusement park plans was featured in the May
2009 edition of Platform, the journal of The
the Isle of Thanet Gazette letters page of 15 May
contained this idea for a new ride that could be installed at Dreamland
when it reopens.
Friday, 15 May 2009
Trust chair defends Margate in The Times
| The Times
newspaper published a letter from Dreamland Trust chair Nick Laister
Wednesday's extremely negative article about Dreamland. The
letter contrasts the Trust's proposals for Dreamland with the
ill-founded assumptions made by correspondent Richard Morrison in an
article that described Margate as "a blot on the landscape that could disappear
overnight without a murmur of lament". View Laister's defence of
Margate and the Trust's Dreamland proposals
District Council's website has also been carrying the latest news on
Dreamland over the past few days. Their website has recently reported
Sea Change bid submission and the town's
starring role in The Apprentice.
back to the site over the weekend for news of an evening of theatre at
Margate's Theatre Royal called...Dreamland!
"Few seaside resorts have such a strong place in popular seaside
Thursday, 14 May 2009
The Apprentice - the morning after
| Margate received extensive
national exposure yesterday when The Apprentice
came to town. Yesterday, we carried some of the many media articles on
the town and the Dreamland Margate project, on the build-up to the BBC
One broadcast. Today, we ask the question: what can the Save Dreamland
Campaign and the team bringing forward proposals for the Dreamland
Amusement Park learn from Alan Sugar's apprentices?
is nobody better to answer that question than our very own Sarah
Vickery, who appeared on the top-rated show:
was rather surprised by how rubbish the teams were - I've watched every
series of the Apprentice and I think this lot is the ropiest yet!
Margate on BBC One primetime: Sarah Vickery (left)
and Alan Sugar
"The Ignite team mentioned the Grotto in their copy, but didn't even
bother to come here, and the Empire posters and leaflets were laughably
a missed opportunity for Margate. Eight supposedly talented people,
branding experts on hand, the might and budget of the BBC - and they
didn't come up with a single usable idea."
show aired just two weeks after Thanet District Council submitted a
£4million bid to the Government’s Sea Change grant scheme for funding
to help create the world’s first amusement park of historic rides on
Dreamland. And this was hot on the heels of an application for over
£2.6million to the Heritage Lottery Fund in March, submitted by
The Dreamland Trust
with assistance from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust.
Trust Chair Nick Laister comments: "We know that filming of The
Apprentice took place last October. Back then we had only just been
awarded a relatively small Government grant to undertake feasibility
work on the Dreamland project, so we didn't expect our plans to feature
heavily in the contestants’ presentations.”
now have detailed plans for this striking new attraction which will
transform Margate. It’s a reminder of how much progress has been made
in such an incredibly short period of time.”
Nick Laister agree with Sarah Vickery that The Apprentice teams were
don’t believe Margate needs rebranding,” says Laister. “It’s a
traditional seaside town with a fantastic beach, beautiful
architecture, loyal fans and passionate residents – but it has been
allowed to decline over a number of years. Our plans for Dreamland will
halt that decline, transform the town and create a genuinely compelling
new visitor attraction.”
project has backing from residents, businesses and key stakeholders in
the area and that shared vision puts us in a very strong position.”
| In related news,
The Telegraph newspaper featured an article on the
current state of Margate, focussing on our plans for a new theme park
at Dreamland. The article states: "The idea of putting Margate back on
the tourist map is not just the stuff of reality television but a
problem that has been consuming local tourism officials for years. More
than a third of the Scenic Railway was destroyed in the 2008 fire but
plans are now underway to restore it in time for the opening of the
£17.5 million Turner gallery in 2011."
Read the article in full...
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Times newspaper carries a lengthy
feature on Margate to tie in with the Apprentice's visit, called
wrong with Margate'. The article is very
critical of the town and its regeneration proposals, including
Click here for Dreamland Trust chair Nick Laister's
flurry of press interest in Dreamland caused by The Apprentice (9pm
tonight, BBC One, The Guardian newspaper includes a
much more upbeat article on Margate from Iain Aitch, identifying
Dreamland as a "plus point".
And BBC One's South East Today featured an
extensive piece from Margate, comparing the proposals that are to be
seen on The Apprentice with the proposals emerging from the town
itself. Nick Laister (The Dreamland Trust), Derek Harding (Margate
Renewal Partnership) and Peter Beck (MTCRC) are seen at Dreamland, with
Nick Laister describing The Apprentice as a "gimmick" and stating that
the real solution is to go "back to the future" with the Dreamland
proposals. The programme can be viewed online for 24 hours
more about the proposals for a compelling new visitor attraction at
Dreamland Margate in our
Sea Change Proposal Document or on our special
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
| The last couple of days have
seen a flurry of activity as work continues on efforts to bring a
world's first tourist attraction to Dreamland, Margate. Monday 11 May
saw a meeting of the Dreamland Client Group and their advisors at the
offices of the Princes Regeneration trust in London. Nick Laister,
Susan Marsh and Sarah Vickery all attended to represent the Dreamland
Trust. Points discussed included the ongoing work in relation to the
recent bids and the timetable to deliver the attraction.
saw assessors from Sea Change in Margate to discuss the £4m bid with
the Dreamland Client Group. This included a site visit to Dreamland,
where the assessors were shown inside the Cinema the amusement park.
Nick Laister represented the Trust throughout the day, and Council
Leader Sandy Ezekiel and Chief Executive Richard Samuel were present
throughout most of the session. BBC One's South East Today
featured a report on the visit.
is Kent featured a
report on the latest funding bid, including quotes
from Dreamland Trust Chair Nick Laister.
|Margate gets the Alan Sugar treatment tomorrow when
the Amstrad boss sends his apprentices to the seaside to rebrand the
town. Tomorrow's The Apprentice on BBC One features
Margate extensively and this has resulted in much interest from the
media in the resort.
This is Kent includes an extensive article on the
programme, which features Shell Grotto owner and The Dreamland Trust's
treasurer, Sarah Vickery. Sarah apparently told the apprentices: "Your
visions are dreadful. They’re just dreadful." Derek Harding of the
Margate Renewal Partnership, one of the key players bringing Dreamland
back to life, is also featured. Sarah was also interviewed by
Invicta FM today and Radio Kent yesterday.
Saturday, 9 May 2009
in today's national Times newspaper mentions
the proposed heritage amusement park at Dreamland, and features
comments on the town's regeneration plans from Council Leader Sandy
Ezekiel and the Margate Renewal Partnership's Derek Harding.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Change application submitted - decision expected in July
|The Dreamland Client Group (made up of The
Dreamland Trust, Margate Renewal Partnership, Thanet District Council
and Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company) submitted an application
for grant funding of £4m on Thursday to Wave 3 of the DCMS's Sea Change
Large Grants programme. The full submission can be downloaded
as a PDF by clicking on the
report cover to the right. In addition, the
application form is downloadable by
application was supported by numerous other reports, including Business
Plan; Outline Design Report; Historical Overview; Conservation
Statement; and Interpretation Strategy Report. These can all be
this link. We expect that announcements on Wave 3
applications will be made in late July.
application follows a separate application to Heritage Lottery Fund on
31 March for £3m, which was submitted by The Dreamland Trust on behalf
of the Dreamland Client Group. The results of this application will be
announced later this year.
the bid on our Forum.
Panel Report imminent - Dreamland proposals strongly supported
|Back in March, Margate was visited by the
Government’s Urban Panel (made up of the Commission for the Built
Environment and English Heritage), and Dreamland was on their list of
places to visit (Read
news item about their visit...). The Dreamland
Trust has seen part of their report, which will shortly be released.
Not only is the Urban Panel supporting the Dreamland proposal, they
have singled it out as one of the most important projects in the town.
report concludes: “The Panel urged that the vision of Dreamland
re-opening as the first and nationally unique heritage fairground be
promoted with urgency and drive and without unnecessary
burdens...Accordingly, Trust, Partnership and Authority were urged to
turn all necessary attention to the re-emergence of Dreamland”.
other news, the proposed Dreamland heritage amusement park is mentioned
in a report on the River Caves fire at Southport's Pleasureland in the
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