Dreamland has been a staple attraction to this Isle that we call home for as long as I can remember. I have countless memories of spending most of my childhood sitting upon their rides and trawling through their part with my older siblings. It was a good place.
But even as a child, I could see the decline. The good rides stopped working, the bad rides weren't fun and the general atmosphere of the place was no longer one of childhood wonder. We all know the story of what happened to the place, so I won't bore you with the details. But, safe to say, I missed Dreamland when it went away.
Was I excited when it was officially announced that it was coming back? Not even a little. Because the people running the place didn't know what they were doing - in my opinion. As news and stories emerged of the new plans for the park, I became more and more disjointed with the project. Retro rides. Restaurants inside old disused rides that they couldn't afford to fix. It was never going to work.
I wanted it to work. Thanet needed something other than the Turner to bring in the tourists, but I was almost constantly questioning why spend the tens of millions of Council Money on a dead end when that money could rejuvenate half the town? It was a good idea, just not a sensible one.
Launch day, for me, was the day I was sure that it was destined to fail. Opening at the height of summer with the summer holidays approaching, it should have been a prime holiday destination for everybody in a hundred mile radius that spent even a weekend at the park in the last twenty years. It wasn't. Half the rides weren't ready and it was expensive. What made Dreamland great was that my parents, who weren't wealthy by any means, could afford to send myself and my siblings to the park for the day and it was affordable. A treat, sure, but an affordable one. It could never have survived as it was, even if on day 1 it did everything it should have done. Instead, the rides weren't open until the autumn when everyone is huddled up inside and back at school.
The company that runs Dreamland - Sands Heritage Ltd - entered administration on Friday 27th May. At present, they are seeking a way to make the park more financially viable, long term, but haven't ruled out selling the park altogether.
Dreamland is still open - especially with the Half Term break coming up - but I can't see it being open come summertime. I don't often wish that I was wrong, but this is one occasion when I would have loved to have been proved wrong. Alas, it appears that Dreamland - a dream for thousands in the land - has failed.