Aug 14

Blackpool donates to Britain’s oldest amusement park

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Blackpool has donated items to Britain’s oldest amusement park, ahead of the opening of a re-imagined Dreamland next year.

The Grade II listed Dreamland in Margate first opened in 1870 under the name Hall-by-the-Sea before changing its name in 1920 and going on to become a hugely popular tourist attraction.

However, it fell on hard times and closed in 2003 to be redeveloped.

It has remained closed ever since while the current ownership and the Dreamland Trust battle to safeguard its future.

And now, drawing on our shared amusement park heritage, Blackpool Council has offered a helping hand by donating some classic illuminations to the project.

They include light fountains, giant snowflakes, angels and devils, sparkling light features and other decorative items.

Cllr Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “The Dreamland restoration plans are is a real community effort and have attracted great support.

“It’s pleasing that Blackpool will be able to make a contribution to such a historic landmark.

“We wish all the Dreamland team the very best with their project.”

Eddie Kemsley, Director at Dreamland, said: “We’re delighted that Blackpool Illuminations – one of the most iconic sights in British culture – has donated items towards Dreamland ahead of its opening next year.

“We plan to make good use of the items in very creative ways, for updates on how the items will be used, please visit our website www.dreamlandmargate.com.”

Lancashire-born designer Wayne Hemingway, is leading the charge to re-open the amusement park, offering his assistance with design.

Meanwhile a documentary, “Dreaming of Dreamland”, has been commissioned and produced charting the restoration effort.

The 30-minute film tells the story of how a community decided to take a stand against the loss of its most famous and iconic attraction. You can view the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9KMMH6QXP0 .

For further information on Dreamland, visit www.dreamlandmargate.com.