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Amusement rides stored for park
Dreamland's Scenic Railway
The heritage park would be built around the Scenic Railway
Rides being dismantled at a former amusement park on Merseyside are being put into storage in the hope they can be reinstalled in Kent.

Campaigners hope the rides from Southport's Pleasureland will form part of a heritage amusement park on Margate's Dreamland site.

The rides include the 1960-built wild mouse wooden rollercoaster that once operated at Morecambe's Frontierland.

Options for Dreamland include a theme park, retail and residential use.

The site's owner, Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company (MTCRC), has held a public consultation on its future.

We are hopeful we can open the new heritage amusement park for the 2009 season
Nick Laister

The heritage amusement park, which would be based around the listed scenic railway ride was put forward by the Save Dreamland Campaign.

One of MTCRC's official options would also see the scenic railway restored with a heritage amusement park.

"Pleasureland is one of only a handful of seaside amusement parks in this country that still have original vintage amusement park rides," said Save Dreamland leader Nick Laister.

"Rides such as the river caves and caterpillar date back to the 1920s."

The storage plan has been agreed with Pleasureland's owner, Sefton Council, which is redeveloping the Southport site.

Work on dismantling the rides, which also include a 1922 caterpillar similar to one that operated at Dreamland between 1922 and 1980, should finish by 30 June.

"The project still has a long way to go but we are hopeful we can open the new heritage amusement park for the 2009 season," said Mr Laister.

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