News: July 2007

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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Saturday, 14 July 2007

The Save Dreamland Campaign's third appearance at the Preston Rally was a somewhat soggier affair than previous years. However, better late than never, we bring you a report of this fantastic weekend from our person at the scene, Susan Marsh.

Read about a sporting weekend of pitch inspections, wrestling and 'rain stops play'. Add to the mix an MP and his camera, a soggy gazebo that would not come down and and a fairground version of the RAC, and you have the basis of a laugh-a-minute story of the Campaign's antics in a field in Kent. See Eric (pictured right), Susan and Stephen Marsh valiantly take the Campaign out on the road. Report by Susan Marsh...

Sunday, 8 July 2007

John Hutchinson

It is with sadness that we report the death of John Hutchinson, Dreamland historian, Save Dreamland Campaign member and author of the 1995 book, 'A Dream Came True'.

Until the publication of Dreamland Remembered, 'A Dream Came True' was the definitive book on the subject of Dreamland, although it focused mainly on the history of the Cinema building. John was due to be interviewed by the BBC earlier this week, making a programme about Marty Feldman (who worked at Dreamland for a time in the 1950s).  When he didn't turn up to the interview, police broke into his home and found he had died. John will be remembered by those in the Campaign who knew him for his impassioned enthusiasm for the amusement park.

Monday, 2 July 2007

Jean-Marc Toussaint has updated the Save Dreamland Campaign's Concept Plan for the proposed Heritage Amusement Park at Dreamland. The Plan has been updated to take into account the rides now acquired by the Dreamland Trust for use in the Park, and also to take into account rides that have sadly been demolished and are therefore no longer available.

To celebrate the launch of our revised Concept Plan, we have expanded our Heritage Amusement Park pages, to give you background information on the rides we have acquired, including photo galleries of each of the rides. We are looking for more information on the history of some of the rides, so please email us if you have any further information. More...

Sunday, 1 July 2007

Theme park industry magazine Park World features the news of the proposed Dreamland Heritage Amusement Park. Read the article.