News Archive: April 2010

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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Dreamland to open for three days in May
The famous Carters Steam Fair will open at Dreamland Margate for three days this Spring Bank Holiday. Organised in association with the Dreamland Trust, this appearance is designed as a taster to the amusement park of thrilling historic rides that will be opening at Dreamland in 2012.

Established in 1976 by the late John Carter, Carter's Royal Berkshire Steam Fair is the UK's premier vintage travelling fair operator, boasting many rides from the early 20th Century. The fair's many beautifully restored rides include Gallopers, Ark, Helter Skelter, Dodgems, Octopus, Victory Dive Bomber and Swingboats to name but a few. Many of these rides are similar to those that would have appeared at Dreamland through the years. The line-up will also feature a Wall of Death ride similar to that which appeared at Dreamland for many years.

The fair, which travels around London, Shire Counties and the South East, demonstrates the popularity of vintage rides and is a great day out for families and children of all ages. Entry is free with rides on a pay as you go basis.

Carters, with James Messham's Wall of Death, will be at Dreamland from 29 to 31 May.

Click here to download the full flyer in PDF format, including details of the Margate Meltdown event on 31 May.

Thanet District Council issues Dreamland press release
Thanet District Council has issued a press release describing Dreamland as a "once in a decade opportunity". The release is in advance of a report that is going to Cabinet on 29 April, seeking formal support for additional funding and for the acquisition of the Dreamland site. Click here for the press release and here for the Cabinet report.

The news is reported, in a slightly misleading way, in the Thanet Times. There is also a similar report on Kent News.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Kent Online today reports that Thanet District Council is threatening legal action if the Dreamland site is not handed over by July 2010.

Friday, 23 April 2010

More funding for Dreamland
The Thanet Works Board agreed today to a grant of £300,000 towards Dreamland. Thanet Works is a new initiative aiming to help people into training, education and/or work. It aims to help people, particularly those of school age and not in education, employment or training, as well as those on certain out-of-work benefits. It also aims to help those who want to improve their skills or gain qualifications. The money is coming from central government to Thanet District Council, with £4.098 million from the Working Neighbourhoods Fund.

In other news, BBC Radio 4's You & Yours programme featured Dreamland this lunchtime. The piece started with Bob Preedy of the Dreamland Trust talking about the rides that the Trust has rescued over the past few years and about the Dreamland Margate project in general. This was followed by a studio debate on the merits of the Dreamland project, with Mark Fisher of Merlin Entertainments and heritage consultant Jason Wood.

You can hear this programme on the BBC's iPlayer for the next few days. Click here and go to Chapter 5.

Above: Winifred Robinson, presenter of You & Yours on BBC Radio 4.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Dreamland is featured on the BBC News website today as the Dreamland Trust's rides coordinator, Bob Preedy, updates the media on current work. Saturday's Kent on Saturday newspaper featured a critical letter on the vision for Dreamland, which unfortunately did not actually offer any suggestions on how the vision could be improved.

The Isle of Thanet Gazette featured a news item on the Dreamland Trust's successful Quadrophenia event last week, including the following extract:

Mods flooded the Carlton Cinema in Westgate for a screening of Quadrophenia as Thanet returned to its 1960s heyday.

Dozens of scooters surrounded the cinema where Paolo Hewitt, biographer of Paul Weller and the Small Faces, and Roger K Burton, costume stylist of Quadrophenia, presented the film on Easter Saturday.

They were questioned by the audience and spoke after the film's screening about the impact it had on youngsters at the time.

The Ronnie Lane mobile studio, the tiny caravan where The Who recorded the soundtrack to the film, was parked outside the cinema.

There was also a Dreamland exhibition in the entrance of the cinema, which showed paper cuttings from the time of the rivalry between mods and rockers, and many photos of the fun park's past.

The event was not exclusive to those who were the original mods in the 1960s; many young people also attended the event.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Dreamland Trust newsletter available for download

Issue 2 of the Dreamland Trust Newsletter is now available to download. This provides an update on work on the Dreamland Margate project. If you would like to get a copy of the newsletter before it appears on this website, please join our mailing list.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Dreamland in Independent on Sunday
Dreamland features heavily in an article on Britain's disappearing amusement park heritage in today's Independent on Sunday. The article is linked to a conference on amusement park history in Southport this coming Thursday, at which Dreamland Trust Chairman Nick Laister will be speaking about the Dreamland project.

A number of articles have appeared in newspapers following Dreamland Trust Project Director Jonathan Bryant's recent talk to the Thanet Local Board at the Margate Media Centre, including Kent on Saturday and Your Thanet.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Joyland Books celebrates 10 years!
The Save Dreamland Campaign was launched in 2003 by Joyland Books. Since 2003, Joyland Books has hosted the Save Dreamland website and has played a central role in raising the profile of the campaign. Joyland celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with a series of light-hearted and often Dreamland-related articles on the amusement park nostalgia website themagiceye. Click here to join in the celebrations...

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