A word from our Chair…
I am pleased to share the good news that work has now started on one of the rides that will be opening at Dreamland in 2015: the Hurricane Jets. This ride is almost identical to the Jets ride that operated in Dreamland from 1956/8, and survived until the 1970s.
The ride has been transported to ride restorer David Littleboy’s new workshop near Wakefield, and has already been inspected by ride expert Ken Rundle.
The delight of this 1950s ride is that the rider can control the elevation of the cars by the operation of a joystick. Built by the Lang Wheels Company of Middlesex, these popular rides could be found in many amusement parks, including Dreamland, although the one we have acquired has spent its life on the travelling fairs.
This is the first of what we hope will be further announcements on ride acquisitions over the next few weeks as we firm up our line-up. Our rides come from a variety of sources, including Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Pleasureland Southport and Dreamland Margate, and will represent different eras in the history of Dreamland and UK amusement parks.
One very positive piece of ride-related news is that our initial inspection of the rides stored on Dreamland is now complete and, despite our worry that the previous owners had removed and scrapped a number of our rides, much more survives than we expected, and most of the rides earmarked for Phase 1 are still on-site.
I will report further acquisitions and progress with restoration in future issues of this newsletter as we work hard to complete the park ready for Easter 2015 opening.
Chairman of The Dreamland Trust
OPENING THE GATES TO DREAMLAND
Following the long and drawn out legal challenge, which saw the successful conclusion of Thanet District Council’s Compulsory Purchase Order of the Dreamland site, we are delighted to announce that at mid-day on the 16 November 2013, the gates to the Dreamland Amusement Park site will be opened to the public for the first time since the park closed in 2006. This is an opportunity for the community to take back their park and be a part of this extraordinary regeneration project.
For many generations Dreamland thrilled and delighted visitors to Margate and sustained her community. This community campaigned hard for a number of years to save the park from redevelopment and it will be this community spirit and support that will again help reinstate Dreamland as a world-class visitor attraction.
Come one, come all and meet us in Dreamland to find out, first hand, about the plans for the new park, hear the latest news and up-dates and find out how you can play an important part in rejuvenating Dreamland for future generations to enjoy.
FUNDRAISING ART AUCTION SOLD OUT!
The Dreamland Trust is pleased to announce Fontaine Decorative’s forthcoming Glitzy Fundraising Art Auction in Dreamland’s 1934 Grade II* listed disused cinema building. The event takes place on Saturday 16 November 2013 from 6pm until 9pm followed by A Grand Gatsby Cabaret Celebration at the opening of Morgan’s Vintage Dance Hall http://www.morgansmargate.co.uk.
The evening begins with a sponsored champagne, canapés and music followed by a warm welcome from the award-winning, multi-disciplinary designer for Dreamland, Wayne Hemingway MBE.
Donated artworks by Tracey Emin, Christian Furr, Vic Reeves, Billy Childish, Joe Machine, Anne Carrington, Leigh Mulley, Matt Penn, Piers Secunda, Cedric Christie, Martin Grover, Arnold Schwartzman and artwork by other high profile artists will be auctioned by celebrity TV auctioneers, Mark Stacey and Mark Hill.
There will be a Grand Prize Draw on the night with no prize under the value of £150!
You could win: 2 KLM return flights to Amsterdam, two nights of luxury at Sands Hotel, £500 voucher for Fontaine Decorative, champagne and gastro hampers, Haeckles Made of Margate seaweed hamper, posh B&B nights away, Lighthouse venue and bucks fizz reception for 80 people, fine dining, 1-2-1 yoga course, a chauffer-driven classic car for a special occasion, professional photographic personal portraiture, and much, much more…
After the auction and prize draw, guests are invited to join us at Morgan’s Vintage Dance Hall, to celebrate the opening of Margate’s only dedicated dance hall – my dance card is ready! Transport between Dreamland and Morgan’s courtesy of the 1951 Bluebird Coach.
The whole evening promises to be a night of surprises and fun. Dress Code: definitely glam!
All monies raised go toward opening the Dreamland Vintage Arcade Visitor and Learning Centre next Spring.
A limited number of advance tickets at £25 each are available at Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8991579055 (£2.15 online booking fee) or direct from Fontaine Decorative at http://www.fontainedecorative.com Telephone 01843 220974 or Mobile 07855 360475.
Fontaine Decorative http://www.fontainedecorative.com
Morgan’s Vintage Dance Hall http://www.morgansmargate.co.uk
Premier Flush http://www.premierflush.co.uk
Coombs (Canterbury) Limited http://www.coombs-canterbury.co.uk
SFL – Building with Secure Foundation Ltd http://www.sfl-construction.com
East Kent College http://www.eastkent.ac.uk
Bluebird Coach http://www.thebluebirdcoach.com
Vintage Pinball Parlour http://www.pinballparlour.co.uk
Sands Hotel http://www.sandshotelmargate.co.uk
Haeckles Made of Margate http://www.haeckels.co.uk
Classics for Occasions http://www.classicsforoccasions.co.uk/
Lighthouse Bar http://www.lighthousebar.co.uk
Beachview Guest House (The Edge of Heaven location!) http://www.facebook.com/Beachview.Margate
Outside The Square Gallery http://www.outsidethesquaregallery.com/ArtistsViewer
UpDown Gallery http://www.updowngallery.co.uk
More Than Yoga http://www.morethanyoga.co.uk
Fiona De Bulat – http://www.dbaeditions.com
Age & Sons http://www.ageandsons.co.uk
Quex Barn and House http://www.quexbarn.com
A reminder that the first international Nostalgias Conference: Visualising Longing takes place at the Winter Gardens in Margate during the second weekend of November 2013 http://nostalgias.info/.
The conference weekend begins with welcome drinks and a private view of the conference exhibition on Friday 8 November, followed by a full conference programme on the Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 November. A conference dinner will take place on the Saturday evening at the Walpole Bay Hotel.
The Dreamland Trust is delighted to have featured in the online magazine, The Curio, this month
The Curio documents Margate’s incredible heritage and architecture and the amazing people who live and work by the seaside http://thecurioinmargate.com/2013/10/18/dreamland/.
Founder of the Curio, Jo Bridges, is a photographer and interiors lover and ex-art director and stylist for TV, music videos and commercials.
Jo and her film maker husband, Dom Bridges, are located at Resort Studios in Cliftonville, Margate and are both instrumental in helping us document the Dreamland story.
We’re very pleased and grateful to have Dan Thompson helping us pull together our Open Gate and Big Clear Day together.
Dan is the founder and director of Revolutionary Arts http://mrdanthompson.wordpress.com/about-2/. In 2012, he was included in the Time Out and Hospital Club’s Culture 100, a list of the most inspiring and influential people in the UK’s creative industries.
Dan started #riotcleanup following the 2011 London riots. For this, he was singled out by David Cameron as an example of great British leadership. That project inspired his current work with #wewillgather, which uses social media for social good.