Welcome to Dreamland
Published: Friday 25th Nov 2011
Written by: Carol Attwell
Margate has many reasons to be happy. The Queen, looking very pretty in pink, visited the other day and really raised the town's spirits and then The Dreamland Trust found it had been granted the £3 million it had requested from the Heritage Lottery Fund to go ahead with its restoration. Exciting indeed. If all goes according to plan Dreamland will reopen in 2013 and will recreate the thrilling atmosphere of bygone eras by the seaside. Meanwhile the Turner Contemporary Gallery continues to attract visitors from far and near. It is currently housing Rodin's The Kiss as well as some paintings by a 9 year old Turner as part of the "Nothing in the World But Youth" exhibition. The Gallery has been credited with spearheading a regeneration in Margate with The Old Town already sporting new galleries, shops and restaurants. Let's hope this new found confidence spreads and sustains throughout the town as there is still a marked air of desolation along the seafront. I am reminded that this is where T S Eliot was inspired to write in his epic poem The Waste Land "On Margate Sands/I can connect/Nothing with Nothing" and the Victorian shelter where he penned these words still stands looking out over the sandy shore.