Margate’s Dreamland set to open to revellers
19 June 2015
From the section Kent
Hundreds of workmen have been putting the finishing touches to Dreamland this week
A funfair that formed the centrepiece of seaside days out for generations of day-trippers is reopening after an £18m restoration.
Dreamland will have 17 vintage fairground attractions from funfairs around the UK in its reincarnation as a heritage amusement park.
The site on Margate seafront has been closed for 10 years, with campaigners fighting to save it from development.
But it is having to reopen without the Scenic Railway star attraction.
The wooden Grade II*-listed rollercoaster, badly damaged in an arson attack in 2008, will not be restored in time but Dreamland hopes it will be ready in the coming months.
“It’s a very, very complex project because this is such a rare structure,” said chief executive Eddie Kemsley.
“There isn’t a blueprint out there we can pull off a shelf and say, ‘this is how you rebuild a scenic railway’.”
Grants from Thanet council, the government and the Heritage Lottery Fund have contributed to the restoration
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