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Time lapse video shows how close ride was to completion

Half of the Scenic Railway stucture has collapsed last night Credit: Frank Leppard

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

Rollercoaster at Kent theme park collapses in high winds

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 once-popular ride has been reduced to rubble Credit: @LobsterVanHire

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.

The rollercoaster ruins that have been left following the strong gales Credit: @LobsterVanHire

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Dreamland visitor centre opens today

Dreamland closed in 2003 Credit: ITV Meridian

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 amusement park closed in 2003 Credit: ITV Meridian

Dreamland amusement park welcomes visitors

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.

Margate's Dreamland Amusement Park welcomes visitors. Credit: ITV Meridian
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