Margate's Dreamland attraction is celebrating its first birthday with the launch of a bold new business strategy. The vintage amusement park is scrapping admission charges to boost visitor numbers. Instead, fun seekers will pay for individual rides. Managers hope the move will rescue the site from financial crisis. John Ryall reports.
The interviewee is Eddie Kemsley, Dreamland's Chief Executive.
Victims of the Orlando shooting have been remembered at events across the South. Last night, people on the Isle of Wight held a candlelit vigil and today, at the second annual Portsmouth Pride parade and show crowds gathered to pay their respects.
The interviewees in this report from Richard Jones are: Stephen Coote from Portsmouth Pride; Councillor Robert New, Portsmouth City Council, Conservative; and Linda Webb-Bowman from Fratton Fever, the LGBT Supporters' Club.
Margate's Dreamland attraction has opens its gates for the first day of free-admission for visitors.
The vintage amusement park, which re-opened a year ago, hopes the move will rescue it from financial problems by boosting the site's disappointing visitor numbers.
Instead of paying an entry fee visitors will now pay for individual rides.
Sir Ian McKellen has opened this year’s Blenheim Palace Flower Show.
Sir Ian is one of the UK’s most respected actors and star of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies,
He opened the popular show, being staged from 17th-19th June in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace.
The British Airways i360 pod in Brighton has reached its maximum height for the first time.
Engineers are currently testing the attraction with the pod rising to 138m - making the landmark the tallest moving observation tower in the world.
It's due to open later in the summer.
Dreamland in Margate will be free to enter from this coming weekend.
The Dreamland Trust is confident that the approach will make the park more accessible to the local community and to visitors.
We hope that a restructured or new operator will also embrace the concept of an amusement park of historic rides, which would create an attraction that is unique in the world, distinctively different to other seaside amusement parks and theme parks in the UK. The current line-up is a firm basis for taking this vision forward, and the Dreamland Trust has always been certain that such an approach, with the right selection of rides and attractions that cater for as wide an audience as possible, will be a viable operation. Nothing that we have seen in the past 12 months, since the park reopened, has changed that view.
Singer Rod Stewart has described the news of his knighthood for services to music and charity as a 'truly monumental honour' after his inclusion on the Queen's Birthday Honours list was revealed on Friday.
The 71-year-old crooner joins other famous faces including Dame Vera Lynn, Ant and Dec and Tim Peake in being named on this year's list.
TV presenters Ant and Dec have shared their excitement at being named on the Queen's Birthday Honours list, and told fans they are 'humbled' by the news.
We are thrilled, honoured and humbled to receive OBE's in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours. Not to mention very shocked!! #BirthdayHonours
We LOVE what we do and have since we started aged 13 so to receive this for services to broadcasting and entertainment is a HUGE honour...
We are just 2 lads proud to come from the west end of Newcastle. We hope us receiving this inspires young people that dreams are possible
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