Hundreds of people queued up for the first tickets to the revived Dreamland amusement park in Margate this morning.
They went on sale to the public for the first time today - and the date of the attraction's official opening was also announced. Watch David Johns' report.
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Last night was a major blow for the owners of the Dreamland theme park in Margate in more ways than one.
The high winds and turbulent weather caused part of the newly constructed railway ride to collapse, leaving rubble and planks in its place.
The Grade II* Listed Scenic Railway was in the process of being rebuilt by the theme park in Kent.
The ride's structure was nearing completion as the time lapse video of its reconstruction shows it looked before last night's storm.
Video courtesy of Dreamland.co.uk
A Grade II* listed rollercoaster at a Kent theme park has been knocked over by bad weather overnight.
The ride structure at Margate's Dreamland was damaged by the strong gusts that battered Kent in the early hours of this morning.
The wooden frame of the railway rollercoaster was torn down at the site in Margate after heavy wind and rain battered the South East of England.
It is thought the contractors working to rebuild the attraction are covered for weather damage under their insurance.
One of the south-east's most ambitious regeneration projects - the restoration of Dreamland in Margate has entered an important new phase. Reconstruction work has begun. Now the project needs the memorabilia and the stories of people who visited in its heyday. John Ryall reports.
Some thought it was indeed a dream but an amusement park in Kent has celebrated the first stage today of its re-opening. Dreamland in Margate has been left derelict for eight years, but volunteers dedicated to saving it have launched a new expo centre in its name. Andy Dickenson reports.
The Dreamland visitor centre will open today paving the way for the reopening of the historic theme park. Dreamland was one of the country's oldest amusement parks and at one time included a zoo, miniature railway, a cinema, a 2,000-capacity ballroom and Europe's largest big wheel.
But as tastes changed the amusement park fell on hard times, before it finally closed in 2003.
The clock is ticking in Margate with volunteers preparing to show off the Dreamland arcade and visitor centre tomorrow.
Having secured £11 million in Heritage Lottery Funding, the dilapidated amusement park is set to re-open in 2015. The arcade is being transformed into an "interactive exhibition space".
For the first time in seven years Margate's Dreamland Amusement Park has welcomed visitors. They were able to look around the site - home of the historic scenic railway which was damaged by fire in 2008. The park is due to be restored as part of the town's regeneration.
It's been a Margate landmark for decades. But for the first time in seven years, Dreamland opened its doors to the public today - the latest step in restoring the historic theme park. David Johns was there and spoke to the Dreamland Trust's Nick Laister plus volunteer Raychel Mount.