The Demise of the Rotunda Amusement Park, Folkestone
by Martin Easdown and Linda Sage
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ISBN Number: NA
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 40
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Martin Easdown and Linda Sage

The Rotunda Amusement Park, Folkestone, is one of a number of seaside amusement parks - see also Dreamland in Margate; Frontierland in Morecambe; Pleasureland in Southport and Spanish City in Whitley Bay - that have sadly closed in recent years.

When the local history writing partnership of Martin Easdown and Linda Sage began in 1996, the Rotunda was one of Folkestone's seaside attractions that they were particularly interested in and they took a number of photographs in 1998 and 2002. The latter was the final year of a full park operation, and as plans were announced for the redevelopment of the site and the rides began to disappear, they began to regularly photograph the changes.

The increasing dereliction of the site from 2003 proved to be a poor advertisement for Folkestone as debates raged on how it should be redeveloped. Nevertheless, in its own way, this neglect began to acquire some fascination of its own. This was exemplified by the lonely vigil of the wooden roller coaster, which remained stranded as other rides disappeared.

The site of the Rotunda has now been levelled in preparation for residential and leisure development. The authors hope that this book will serve as a record of its final years.

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