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£3m Grant Brings Dreamland Closer to Reality

£3m Grant Brings Dreamland Closer to Reality

Dreamland Margate has been awarded a £3.7million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money shall be used in restoring Dreamland, a former Theme Park in Kent, into “the world’s first Amusement Park of thrilling historic rides”, with opening expected by Summer 2013

Nick Laister, Chairman of The Dreamland Trust said; “The Dreamland Trust is delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded our project a substantial grant. This puts in place all the funding we now need to enable us to reopen Dreamland Margate and at the same time secure the future of its three remarkable listed structures, the Scenic Railway roller coaster, Dreamland Cinema and ‘Lord’ George Sanger’s Menagerie cages. These will form the centrepieces of the world’s first amusement park of thrilling historic rides, which will open at Dreamland in summer 2013. On behalf of The Dreamland Trust I would like to thank our partners, Thanet District Council, our consultant team and, most of all, our supporters for sticking with us for so many years. Hold tight – we’re nearly there!”

The park is expected to attract upwards of 350,000 visitors a year, as well as creating many jobs for residents of Margate and it’s surrounding areas.

The money will be used to complete phase 1 of the Restoration, restoring the Scenic Railway to full working order, after it was partly destroyed in an arson attack during 2008. It will also be used to restore other rides, the Dreamland Cinema, and the park’s Main Entrance.

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