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Monday, 23 November 2009
|News coverage of the £3.7m grant
continues, with a major double page spread in Friday's Isle of Thanet
Gazette. There has also been further
Saturday, 21 November 2009
|The news of Dreamland's funding
appears in Kent on Saturday
and you can watch Margaret Hodge being shown around the Dreamland site
by Nick Laister and Sandy Ezekiel on
Friday, 20 November 2009
Dreamland in the media!
|News of the £3.7m grant
has continued to interest local and national media.
Your Thanet featured an
article about the grant, with an interview with Margaret Hodge in which
she revealed her memories of childhood visits to Dreamland and rides on
the Scenic Railway! Click on the image to the right for a larger
The short piece about
Dreamland on ITV1's Meridian Tonight is currently viewable on the
Culture 24 website features the Dreamland news prominently.
Attractions Management also featured the news, as
The £3.7m grant is also creating much
excitement at the
Dreamland Forum and at the
Thanet Waves blog (which features the front cover of the Thanet
Times, for those who are not in the area).
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Dreamland in the media!
|Margaret Hodge MP
visited Margate yesterday to announce the seven resorts that are to
benefit from this year's Sea Change funding.
It was fitting that she announced the
2009 funding from Dreamland Margate, which is the biggest recipient of
funding this year.
Nick Laister (Chair of The Dreamland
Trust), Derek Harding (Margate Renewal Partnership), Peter Beck and Toby Hunter
(Dreamland owners MTCRC) showed the
Minister for Culture, Media and Sport around the Dreamland site and
explained to her exactly what this funding will achieve.
Pictured to the right in front of the
Scenic Railway (l to r): Nick Laister, Margaret Hodge MP, Roger Gale MP,
Sandy Ezekiel, Derek Harding and Peter Beck.
There have been numerous reports of the
visit and the £3.7m grant. Here are some of the most interesting:
Click on the image above to view a
larger version. Photograph:
Thanet District Council
The BBC's South East Today
covered the news, including interviews with Nick Laister and Margaret
Hodge MP and footage of the visit on both the lunchtime and evening
to view the lunchtime news and
view the extended coverage in the evening news.
ITV1's Meridian News in the south east
also gave extensive coverage in the evening news.
Click here to view.
BBC Radio 2 News covered the
Dreamland story on Monday morning and BBC Radio Kent featured the news item prominently all day, generally
based around interviews with Nick Laister and Derek Harding.
Click here to listen
to a lengthy item about Dreamland on the Andy Garland show, with
listeners phoning in with their thoughts on the project and interviews
with site owner Toby Hunter and Dreamland Trust chair Nick Laister.
Laister also appeared on KMFM and Heart FM.
The following websites carried news of
Dreamland's cash injection:
BBC News website,
Leisure Management Magazine and property website
There has been much coverage in the
local and national press:
Kent Online (including an audio recording of Margaret Hodge in
which she talks about how much she likes the Dreamland proposals),
The Isle of Thanet Gazette, a somewhat inaccurate report about Prince
Charles setting up a vintage amusement park(!) in the
Daily Express along with
a similar report in the
Building Magazine and
Regeneration & Renewal Magazine.
Nemesis Republic, the unceasingly defeatist blog
Eastcliff Richard, some good wishes from
Thanet Waves and a mention in
Thanet Press among others.
The news is also featured on the
Thanet District Council website and the
|Whilst the media
was at Dreamland, some equally important discussions were taking place
at the Margate Media Centre as potential candidates for the
Audience Development Officer
role were interviewed by Dreamland Trustees Sarah Vickery, Mandy Wilkins
and Neil Sparkes, with Nick Dermott from Thanet District Council also in
Monday, 16 November 2009
Dreamland Margate awarded £3.7m by UK
|In the most
important landmark in the six-year campaign to save Dreamland Margate,
the Government has today announced that it has awarded £3.7m to the
project. This is the largest grant in the 2009 Sea Change programme,
funded by DCMS (Department for Culture Media and Sport), which is
designed to invigorate England’s seaside towns through investment in
culture and heritage.
It will allow the Grade II-listed
Scenic Railway roller coaster, built in 1920 and the oldest roller
coaster in the UK, to be restored to its former glory. As well as
securing the long-term future of one of the best-loved seaside
structures in the country, the funding will allow the creation of the
world’s first amusement park exclusively comprised of thrilling historic
CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) Chief
Executive Richard Simmons, who has led the project on behalf of the
Government, commenting on the seven coastal resorts that will be
receiving a grant, said:
“These seven projects all demonstrate how culture can be a catalyst to
recapture the flair that these places enjoyed in their heyday. I
especially like the plan to regenerate Dreamland in Margate, and
showcase the country’s oldest rollercoaster, a listed scenic railway. It
is ambitious projects like this, creating new national attractions, that
can rekindle the English love affair with our seaside.”
The Dreamland Margate project is being led by The Dreamland Trust, a
not-for-profit company born out of the Save Dreamland Campaign. The
£3.7m grant will help to create an exciting theme park from the past on
the Dreamland site, giving visitors the chance to enjoy spectacular
historic amusement park rides. Many of these have been rescued by The
Dreamland Trust from amusement parks across the UK over the past decade
and many are the last surviving examples of their type.
The Rt. Hon Margaret Hodge MBE is welcomed to
Dreamland by Nick Laister, chair of the Dreamland Trust. Thanet District
Council Leader Sandy Ezekiel looks on. Click on the image to view larger
photograph. Photograph: Thanet
The rides will be built around the centrepiece of the park, the Scenic
Railway, the oldest surviving roller coaster in the UK and the fourth
oldest in the world. Restoration work will also be carried out on the
Grade II*-listed Dreamland cinema building, creating a major new visitor
attraction of international significance.
Nick Laister, who set up the campaign to save Dreamland and is now chair
of The Dreamland Trust, said: "This is fantastic news and is yet another
very positive step to delivering this world's first visitor attraction.
We are very pleased that CABE and English Heritage share our view, and
that of the people of Margate, that this proposal has the ability to
create an outstanding, 21st-century attraction at Margate, capitalising
on the resort's unique heritage in a way that will make a huge
contribution to the regeneration of the town.
“The Scenic Railway roller coaster has not operated since 2006 and was
badly damaged by fire following an arson attack last year. This grant
should now secure the future of this remarkable structure and allow work
to start on rebuilding it next year, along with all the other rides that
we have rescued.
“On behalf of the Dreamland Trust, I would like to thank our partners in
the bid, and in particular Derek Harding of the Margate Renewal
Partnership, Peter Beck and Toby Hunter of Margate Town Centre
Regeneration Company and Nick Dermott of Thanet District Council. We
simply could not have achieved this without them. I very much look
forward to working with them over the coming months as we reinstate
Dreamland at the heart of Margate."
The official announcement on the
CABE website can be viewed
which draws attention to the fact that Dreamland was the proposal that
excited them the most.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
|As the tension mounts for
the results of Dreamland's application for £4m of funding from the
Government's Sea Change programme (an announcement is expected
shortly), one of the organisations behind the programme, English
Heritage, has published an article about Margate being on the verge of a
"breakthrough" in heritage-based regeneration.
The article is in the Autumn 2009 issue of
English Heritage's Conservation Bulletin magazine. Author, EH's
Planning and Development Regional Director for the South-East Region,
Andy Brown, has positive words about the Dreamland project in the
article, which is called 'A creative future for seaside resorts:
Margate, Turner and beyond':
"The rebirth of the Dreamland
amusement park would compliment (sic) perfectly the Turner Contemporary
in conserving the distinctive character of the place. In July the HLF
awarded a development grant of £384,500 which may allow the ﬂagship
Grade II* listed cinema to become the gateway to the world’s ﬁrst
amusement park exclusively of historic rides...At the time of writing, a
decision is awaited on the application to the Sea Change funding
programme for a substantial investment in this project."
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Conservation Bulletin: Dreamland Margate awaits Sea Change news
Sunday, 8 November 2009
|Second round interviews
for the post of Project Director for Dreamland Margate took place
at the Margate Media Centre on 3 November 2009. The Dreamland Trust will
be making an announcement over the next couple of weeks regarding this
In other news, the 6
November 2009 issue of Planning Magazine, the journal of the
Royal Town Planning Institute, featured a major article on seaside
regeneration, looking at how a mix of cultural regeneration and higher
education is being increasingly seen as a way through the ongoing
uncertainty over economic prospects and restrictions on public spending.
The article, which is based around an interview with University of
Sussex director Professor Fred Gray, includes a section on Margate, with
reference to the Dreamland project.
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Sunday, 1 November 2009
First round interviews for the post of
Project Director for the Dreamland Trust took place at the Margate Media
Centre on 27 and 28 November 2009. The interview panel was made up of Nick
Laister, Sarah Vickery and Neil Sparkes of the Dreamland Trust and Derek Harding
of the Margate Renewal Partnership. An announcement is expected to be made
The Thanet Times of 27 October 2009
featured a small item of news of a funfair returning to Dreamland for one night
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