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Living In Dreamland: A Look Around Britian’s Oldest Surviving Rollercoster And Theme Park In Margate

by | 21st, September 2014

The beach front at Margate showing the crowds of holiday makers. Ref #: PA.7548773  Date: 31/07/1946

The beach front at Margate showing the crowds of holiday makers.
Date: 31/07/1946

 

THE Dreamland site in Margate, Kent, is billed as “Britain’s oldest surviving rollercoaster”. By surviving the blurb means not yet fallen down. Built in 1920, the Scenic Railway fell into disrepair when the attraction closed in 2005 and was then badly damaged by an arson attack in 2008. The refurbishment of the Grade II listed ride, is part of an £18m project to reopen the amusement park in 2015.

 

Margate was once the resort of choice for families and youth:

 

Holidaymakers continue like normal (bottom left) before trouble flares up again between mods and rockers on Margate beach Ref #: PA.11941475  Date: 18/05/1964

Holidaymakers continue like normal (bottom left) before trouble flares up again between mods and rockers on Margate beach
Date: 18/05/1964

 

 

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The beach front at Margate showing the crowds of holiday makers. Ref #: PA.7548773  Date: 31/07/1946

The beach front at Margate showing the crowds of holiday makers.
Ref #: PA.7548773
Date: 31/07/1946

Sculptor Antony Gormley stands in front of his 25 metre high 'Waste Man', a giant sculpture made out of waste wood, paper and cardboard, at Dreamland, Margate. Picture date: Thursday September 28, 2006.

Sculptor Antony Gormley stands in front of his 25 metre high ‘Waste Man’, a giant sculpture made out of waste wood, paper and cardboard, at Dreamland, Margate.
Picture date: Thursday September 28, 2006.

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Lest we forget. You can keep the Costa Brava and all that palava, going no farther, me i’d rather have me a day down Margate with all me family”…

 



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