Roaring 1920’s Night
20th September 2003
It was a very pleasant trip and my first time on the Scenic. For its age it is a fantastic roller coaster, offering more thrills and screams than many modern ones. I am really glad I had the chance to ride it. The coaster literally lives, and I hope our efforts helped to save it for many years to come.
But (and this is a very big but), everything around the Scenic can only be called a shame. Some rides placed on a parking lot, no decoration, surrounded by building sites and the most ugly apartment building I have ever seen. I didn’t have a very good first impression when I arrived on the Saturday evening, but seeing Dreamland during the day was disillusioning. I do not know any other park with a name that is so inappropriate. In my honest opinion, if saving the Scenic means flattening everything around it and building a completely new park, it’s worth it!
Throughout this year the Club, working with the Save Dreamland Campaign, has been raising awareness regarding the potential closure of Dreamland Amusement Park and the loss of the 1920 Scenic Railway.
Nineteen members took part in a 200-minute marathon to help raise funds needed to keep the coaster running. Not only that, the marathoners even dressed in 1920s clothing! Music of the era was played in the station whilst a host of disco lights were placed around the course – even a fog and bubble-making machine!
The event ran late into the night, and yet the queue of members and the general public waiting to ride the coaster never waned. A bold statement was made to show our support of the coaster – and the £2,500 (at least!) raised will certainly help!
What made this trip so great was the team of people who helped make it work. Dave Collard, Ian Mansfield, Sarah Vickery, Dave Wells, Linz and Darren Hoy (for being on refreshment duty!) and a whole host of others all deserve a huge pat on the back. It was a special night.
Due to a large amount of the Scenic Railway’s operating fund going missing, a new trip was organised. It was Ian Mansfield and Richard Foster who did all the legwork. In actual fact this is precisely what they ended up doing when they walked around Margate handing out flyers!
The idea of dressing up in 1920s gear was a masterstroke. They really did look fantastic and made great subjects for the “sepia mode” most digital cameras have hidden away.
As this is being written at the start of November, it is still not known what the future of the ride, and the park, will be. We can only hope that all our efforts weren’t made in vain.