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.
More top news
Simon's Blog - They Might Be Giants
Thursday night's weather for the west of the region
Thursday night's weather for the east of the region