News Archive: March 2010

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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Quadrophenia Update: Limited number of tickets now available for the Quadrophenia event on Saturday, 3 April, 2010.  Booking is highly recommended through the Carlton Cinema, Westgate on 01843 832019.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Robert Preedy joins the Dreamland Trust
Robert Preedy, the author of Roller Coasters: Their Amazing History and Roller Coasters: Shake, Rattle and Roll, has joined the Dreamland Trust as Specialist Rides Coordinator. Robert, who has also written on subjects such as cinemas, local history and the Batley Variety Club, until recently owned a cinema and radio station in Yorkshire, but has now moved permanently to Kent. His role at Dreamland will be to research the history of the rides we have acquired and to source and acquire additional historical rides from around the world for inclusion in the park. Dreamland Trust chairman Nick Laister says: "Robert brings with him a wealth of knowledge of amusement parks and their rides from a lifetime of research into the subject. I am pleased to welcome him to the Trust."
Dreamland Team Newsletter, Issue 1 (March 2010)

Audience Development Officer, Jan Leandro, has issued a newsletter, updating our members and supporters on progress with the Dreamland Margate project. In the newsletter, Jan says: "Over the next four months much of the Trust's work will be in preparation of Heritage Lottery Funding bid, which will be submitted early August. Our activities and reports will feed into the bid to help release the second round of funding to bring the amusement park to fruition." Click here to view the newsletter.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Retro Cars Magazine and update
Dreamland Margate features in the April edition of Retro Cars Magazine. The article talks about Dreamland's decline and the proposals to reopen it as an amusement park of thrilling historic rides. Click on the image to the right for a larger version.

The February edition of the official newsletter of the American Coaster Enthusiasts - ACE News - features Dreamland on its front page. Click here to view the front page and here to view the rest of the article.

A meeting of the Dreamland Trust board took place on Thursday 11 March. A Project Manager has now been appointed by the Trust to manage the amusement park development. The Board meeting was followed by a Dreamland Client Group meeting, also attended by Thanet District Council and Margate Renewal Partnership representatives and chaired by Dreamland Project Director Jonathan Bryant.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

From the Thanet and East Kent Insider (the weekly business bulletin from Thanet & East Kent Chamber):

Dreamland Wakes Up

The new Dreamland Trust Project Director, Jonathan Bryant, will be outlining plans to restore Dreamland as “the world's first heritage amusement park” at a Thanet & East Kent Chamber business breakfast on Wednesday 24th March 2010. With the project already underway following the award last November of £3.7m by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Jonathan will outline the latest details that promise to give a huge boost to in-bound tourism in Thanet. Widely viewed as the ideal man for the job, Jonathan brings with him senior management experience at Birmingham’s Thinktank Science Museum, the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, Dundee’s Contemporary Art Gallery and a host of community initiatives. He is convinced that the new Dreamland should be run ‘as a business that stands on its own two feet’. Local businesses are set to benefit significantly from the increased footfall and raised profile. The Dreamland Wakes Up business breakfast will start at 0730 hrs at the Fayreness Hotel, Kingsgate, near Broadstairs. Tickets cost £12.00 for Chamber members and £15.00 for non-members. Payment is accepted in cash or by cheque on the door. To book a place, email with the subject line ‘Dreamland Breakfast’ and the names of those wishing to attend. Non-members should give full company contact details.  

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