News: July 2004

In  January 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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Friday, 30 July 2004

Local Campaign Coordinator Sarah Vickery appeared on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme on Friday evening. In the third of a series of reports on British seaside resorts - the earlier reports had visited Bournemouth and Newquay - Sarah spoke of the importance of the Scenic Railway on a world scale and of the impact that the closure of Dreamland would have on the local economy. Sarah also explained how Thanet Council can protect the asset through the Local Plan.

Tuesday, 27 July 2004

The BBC's Restoration Programme has been in touch with the Save Dreamland Campaign about recording a special report from Dreamland, featuring the Scenic Railway. Unfortunately, the BBC were unable to secure the necessary permissions from the owners of Dreamland to film the report. However, there is a short piece on the BBC's Restoration website.

Saturday, 17 July 2004

One of our most popular photo galleries has just got much bigger! Dreamland Through the Years, which has photographs of Dreamland from the 1960s to the 1980s, has been extended. The Gallery features the photographs of Barry Cox, whose camera has captured the changing face of Dreamland over the years perhaps better than any other. With help from Campaign member Richard Todd, we have added no less than 39 photographs, bringing the total number of photographs in the Barry Cox gallery to 60.

In the Gallery, you will see the Mary Rose (pictured right), the Looping Star, Water Chute, Big Wheel, Apollo/Heatwave and Scenic Railway, as well as lesser known rides such as the Orbiter, Satellite, Sphinx, Troika and Enterprise.

Click here to visit the Gallery from the first page, or click here to go straight to the new photographs, which start on Page 5.

Sunday, 11 July 2004

We have added another new Photo Gallery to the website. Visit Dreamland in the 1980s, in its first few years under the ownership of Bembom Brothers. See rides like the original Apollo (pictured right), the Rotor and the Tri-Star. There is even an example of early on-ride photography at this ground-breaking White Knuckle Theme Park. Click here for the new Photo Gallery.

Click here for a list of all our Photo Galleries. And don't forget, you can discuss Dreamland of the past as well as the future in our Save Dreamland Forum.


Saturday, 3 July 2004

Dreamland opens for the first time in 2004. The park, which will remain open throughout the main summer months, is again operated by showman David Wallis. Rides at the park this season include the Ghost Train, Dodgems, Wild Mouse roller coaster, Rotor and Gallopers. There is a three storey Fun House and a new children's roller coaster called Dragon. The Scenic Railway is also now operating and took its first riders today. Reports from the park suggest the ride is running as well as ever. 

Discuss Dreamland's new season in our Save Dreamland Forum - and don't forget to visit the park as many times as you can!