Dream­land is still great fun

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

Thanks to What’s On I dis­cov­ered there has been a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings of Dream­land be­ing held there since May, so last week hur­ried down to Mar­gate.

Barry Kirk, a lo­cal artist, did the draw­ings and paint­ings in the early 1960s; they are colour­ful and vi­brant – evoca­tive of the era.

Hav­ing been re­minded by them of the fun we had at Dream­land in the 60s (and 50s) I was keen to see what it is like now.

I was pleas­antly sur­prised. Peo­ple were clearly hav­ing a good time on the rides – screams could be heard from the scenic rail­way – the vin­tage/retro rides are beau­ti­fully painted and works of art in them­selves.

A large area in front of the out­door stage is given over to food vans with ad­ja­cent seat­ing and much work has been done land­scap­ing and plant­ing eu­ca­lyp­tus trees, grasses and flow­er­ing peren­ni­als.

The his­toric (though now ter­ri­ble) cages built to house show­man Ge­orge Sanger’s wild an­i­mals have been pre­served and the work­ing mech­a­nism of the scenic rail­way can be seen be­hind glass.

There are still empty spa­ces but the Dream­land Trust should be con­grat­u­lated for achiev­ing so much.

Get down to Dream­land be­fore it closes for the sea­son and see what they’ve done to it: en­trance is free so make sure you spend some money, at least have a go on the dodgems or gal­lop­ers.

And don’t for­get to take your loose change for the slot ma­chines. Hi­lary Spon If­fin Lane, Can­ter­bury lat­est fig­ures show only a mar­ginal in­crease of barely one per cent in the GP work­force in Eng­land and many that do work in the NHS are con­sid­er­ing quit­ting the pro­fes­sion as the added stress of work­ing un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure takes its toll.

To turn around this des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion, and both at­tract doc­tors trained in the UK as well as from overseas, the gov­ern­ment must take ur­gent steps to re­duce the un­safe work­load bur­den car­ried by GPS and sup­port them through­out their ca­reer so as to en­cour­age them to stay be­fore GP ser­vices are pushed to the brink of col­lapse. Dr Mark San­ford-wood, BMA GP ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber

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