Sunday, April 22, 2007

Days to Remember

With summer upon us early this year, here's a photo of Dreamland in all its glory.

I can still recall the smell of the hot dogs and onions and the excitement of the rides and attractions, when as a small boy, I was allowed my annual outing to the amusement park when it was the heart of Margate's summer tourism industry.

Here also is a photo that I took more recently. Do you notice any small differences?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

A lot of discussion last year about 'give them a chance' to prove a funfair is viable etc as readers gushed enthusiastically about Options 1,2 & 3 and the 'wheel' in Godden's Gap. I think it is fair to say that the owners managed to prove last year with Mr Webb's pathetic efforts that a pathetic sad apology of a funfair was not viable. Well, MTCRC or Waterbridges have now got a lovely plan to show us all. The big question is what will TDC do next? The security fences without planning permission are still up and Waterbridge laughs all the way to the bank as it lines up our key development site in Margate for onward sale with planing permission for retail and housing?
Go and look at the leisure facilities fast taking shape at Westwood; there is the death knell for Margate, as an evening leisure spot in summer and winter,for all to see.
Godden's gap fortuitously created access onto Marine Terrace and has not been required to be filled so let Waterbridge go ahead and do whatever it wants. TDC ignored the advice of the Planning Inspector and may as well accept the fait accompli now given by Waterbridge. Something is better than nothing so why not let them go ahead and we lose forever the possibility of attracting visitors to Margate. One must be highly optomistic to believe a Turner Mark 2 will attract visitors in any numbers. The only hope for Margate now, as the last 3 weeks of unseasonably hot dry weather has shown, is accelerated Global Warming!

Anonymous said...

The Turner centre was always conceived as something to run in tandem with a fun park in the town. Thats what all the original calculations were based on. Doh.

Tony Beachcomber said...

The dome building between the rear of HSF and the big wheel that looks a bit pumpkin like, any idea what it was called . I just cannot remember,

Michael Child said...

In Ramsgate our fun fair has been a fenced of building site for years the council has passed plans for a building that was 3 meters too big to fit in the space available, ones for a building that was bigger on the inside than the outside, ones where peoples heads where shown embedded in the ceiling that had been lowered. The bottom line is over 100 apartments at say £250,000 is over £25,000,000 that mostly goes into the property developers pocket. I am all for a leisure development funded by residential accommodation above and therefore not paid for by us but not those where the cramming in of accommodation overloads the infrastructure.

Updating and investing in leisure facilities brings back the tourists making the towns come back to life again, meaning that the shops and hotels become viable again giving us somewhere decent to live. Minster Rural Life Museum and the Theatre Royal have been the only leisure improvements for April that I’ve noticed, I believe Harbour Street indoor market is up for May.

Bob said...

Tony.

the two domes were a ride called apollo which resembled the moon and capsules went round it, the other dome was a stand up cinema where you watched a big screen with different scenes and it felt you were actually in it

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Great shots Simon. If you don't mind I'll post them over at my place.

Towards the bottom of the latest photo, you'll see the edge of the car/coach park wall. That wall constituted part of the terracing of Margate FC's pitch in the 1920's before the move to Hartsdown Park. Details of this can be viewed at Jeff Trice's excellent Margate FC history site

Anonymous said...

Why ruin your point,3.22pm by calling some-one a feeble minded dinosaur? Not necessary, surely?

Anonymous said...

'Feeble minded dinosaur' was the most moderate thing I could come up with given I'd been called a 'sad moron'. Anyway, you've deleted all those comments now, so let's forget it. Until the next time!

DrMoores said...

Consider it an intellectual challenge to discover new ways of expressing your distaste or disagreement without reaching for a personal comment?