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First rides and attractions at Dreamland almost ready!

The entrance to the restored amusement park Credit: ITV Meridian

Phase one of the opening includes 17 restored rides, as well as the roller disco, pleasure gardens, restaurants, food stalls, arcades and amusements from the golden age of the British seaside.

The new site will open to the public at 10.00am Credit: ITV Meridian
The Scenic Railway will not be open today Credit: ITV Meridian

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Dreamland prepares for opening day

The countdown is on to the long-awaited re-opening of one of East Kent's biggest attractions at the end of this week.

Years since its bustling heyday, Margate's Dreamland amusement park is finally set to see the public enjoying classic rides once again from this Friday.

But the main attraction - the listed Scenic Railway - is NOT going to be ready in time.

David Johns reports. Interviewees are Eddie Kemsley of Dreamland Trust, Technical Manager Andrew Gall and designer Wayne Hemingway.

Why no scenic railway on Dreamland's opening day? - Reaction

The new scenic railway at Dreamland in Margate will not be ready for the amusement park's grand re-launch on June 19th.

Thanet council told ITV News Meridian that delays in preparing the carriages for the wooden rollercoaster were to blame - and that it was not possible to say when they would be ready.

It's a major blow for organisers who say that visitors with tickets for opening day will be offered the chance to come back again when the railway is working.

We speak to Thanet council leader Cllr Chris Wells and Eddie Kemsley, CEO of Dreamland.

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