The Dreamland Trust has been set up to
actively pursue the implementation of a 21st-Century tourist attraction
at Dreamland, based around the listed Scenic Railway and Cinema
building. Our proposals for the world's first amusement park of historic
rides that will authentically recreate a thrilling seaside amusement
park from the past, are now progressing with the support of major
stakeholders in the town. These include Thanet District Council, Margate
Renewal Partnership, Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company, Kent
County Council, English Heritage, the Arts Council and others. The
Dreamland Trust is working with these organisations to bring forward
detailed proposals and bidding for grant funding.
The Dreamland Trust currently has nine
Nick Laister (Chairman)
founded the Save Dreamland Campaign and was instrumental in securing
listed building status for the Scenic Railway. Nick is a Chartered Town
Planner and Director at the UK's largest planning
consultancy. He works extensively within the
visitor attractions industry, advising several UK and international theme park operators
on planning and development matters. He has written articles
for a number of newspapers and journals and regularly speaks at
conferences on the subject of planning for tourism and
leisure. Nick is also editor of the web site www.joylandbooks.com.
professional expertise to the Trust.
Sarah Vickery (Honorary Treasurer)
Sarah is Campaign Coordinator.
Owner and operator of the Grade I listed Shell Grotto, one
of Margate's most popular tourist attractions, Sarah is
monitoring progress at a local level and liaising with local
organisations. Sarah, a former journalist on national
newspapers and magazines, has a wealth of knowledge about
the tourism industry on the Isle of Thanet. Sarah is on the
Board of Margate arts group Limbo, is a member of Margate
Town Partnership’s Marketing Group, writes for the local
magazine Isle and has been Vice-Chair of the Isle of Thanet
Tourism Association and Chair of the Thanet Contemporary
Susan Marsh MBE (Honorary
actively involved in the campaign in 2003 and undertook the
advocacy for the Local Plan Public Inquiry. Susan brings
knowledge of community involvement in planning matters,
equality and diversity, community associations and
education. She is chair of the governing body of a Church of
England primary school, a governor of a boy’s high school
and chair of the local governors association. She is a
member of the executive committee of a national organisation
for governors. She sits on many sub-committees and working
groups, representing governors, both nationally and locally.
Andrew Cannon is a director
and joint owner of Spurling Cannon Chartered Certified
Accountants at Westwood where he works closely with local
businesses. He grew up in Thanet and now lives in
Birchington with his wife and two sons. Andrew is active in
the local community both within the business and voluntary
sectors; being a member of Margate Round Table he plays an
active role in fundraising for local causes.
Neil Sparkes is a musician,
producer, visual artist and poet with a notable and
multi-culturally rich track record. As a musician, composer
and producer he has worked with Peter Gabriel, Natacha
Atlas, The Stranglers, Jah Wobble, Los De Abajo, Batucada
Sound Machine, and Linton Kwesi Johnson amongst many others.
His literary work includes several collections of poetry and
his work appears in numerous anthologies. He exhibits his
paintings and visual art in the UK and Europe. Neil grew up
in East Kent and now lives in Ramsgate.
Richard Gray formerly worked
for English Heritage as an Inspector of Historic Buildings
and now writes and lectures on historic architecture, with a
particular interest in the architectural history of theatres
and cinemas. He has been Chair of the Cinema Theatre
Association and is currently its Chair of Casework. Richard
is author of Cinemas in Britain, a survey of the building
type from the inception of film at the end of the 19th
century up to the modern-day multiplex cinema.
Co founder of the iconic 60s
shoe company The Chelsea Cobbler, fashion and design
consultant to major companies including C&J Clark and
Kickers (UK) and visiting lecturer at the Royal Collage of
Art and Kingston School of Fashion. Conceived and ran
niche heritage housewares company The Edwardian Company,
supplier to Harrods, The Conran Shop, Habitat and other
leading stores in Britain and abroad. Expanded concept into
retail with The Country House Shop. Took interest in
heritage several stages further by obtaining a BA in History
from the University of Kent and currently acts as historical
researcher to Thanet District Council.
Andrew is a partner in Boys
and Maughan solicitors, Thanet’s oldest and largest firm of
solicitors which has its head office at the historic India
House in Hawley Street, Margate. He has lived in Kent all
his life and visited Thanet from a young age. He lives in
Wingham with his wife and three young children and likes to
spend his time sailing when not working or involved with
family duties. As well as dealing with many local companies
and organisations through his work he is a director of the
Thanet and East Kent Chamber of Commerce and is a member and
past chairman of Margate Round Table.
Roger Joyce holds a Diploma in
Architecture from the Canterbury School of Architecture and
a Diploma in Building Conservation awarded by the
Architectural Association (Bedford Square, London) in 1990.
He is Principal of Folkestone-based Roger Joyce Associates,
and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Kent
Building Preservation Trust, The Sandgate Society, ICOMOS, SPAB, IHBC, and EASA.
The Trust also has three members of
Jonathan Bryant - Project Director
Jonathan is responsible for
implementing the worlds first amusement park of thrilling
historic rides at Dreamland Margate. With a wealth of
experience in the heritage and leisure sectors and in
business leadership, Jonathan established the UK's first
brewing museum and opened a working coal mine to the public
in Staffordshire. In Scotland he led the City of Dundees
renaissance Discovery project as chief executive and on the
River Thames set up Henleys River & Rowing Museum. More
recently Jonathan project directed Birminghams Thinktank
Science Centre and for the last five years has been member
of British Waterways' senior management team.
Leandro - Audience Development Officer
Jan is curator, organiser and
central point of reference of a programme of exhibitions and
outreach events promoting Dreamland Margate. Maximising the
cultural potential of the Grade II*-listed Dreamland Cinema
building, the history of seaside entertainment and the as yet
under-explored, incredibly rich and vibrant, tradition of
British post-War youth and street culture, Jan is the central
point of contact between the Project and the public, and
promotes the site's role in popular culture to the widest
possible intergenerational audience.
PHOTO COMING SOON
Preedy - Specialist Rides Coordinator
Robert Preedy, the author
of Roller Coasters: Their
Amazing History and
Roller Coasters: Shake, Rattle and Roll, has joined the
Dreamland Trust as Specialist Rides Coordinator. Robert, who has also
written on subjects such as cinemas, local history and the
Batley Variety Club,
until recently owned a cinema and radio station in Yorkshire, but has
now moved permanently to Kent. His role at Dreamland will be to research
the history of the rides we have acquired and to source and acquire
additional historical rides from around the world for inclusion in the
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The Trust has four objects:
(a) to promote the use of all or some
of the land known as Dreamland as an area designated as an amusement
park for recreation and leisure-time occupations.
(b) to advance education by raising
awareness of the historical value of the Scenic Railway situated within
the area of land known as Dreamland and the amusement park rides and
(c) to preserve the heritage of
amusement park rides and attractions by acquiring them and locating them
on the site known as Dreamland for the benefit of the general public.
(d) to promote regeneration in the
central area of Margate known variously as the seafront or the promenade
area between the Clock Tower and the Railway Station and its environs.
We are sure that these encapsulate
everything we all work for.
The Save Dreamland Campaign is now
administered by The Dreamland Trust.
The Trust is accepting donations.
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