After getting up at 3.30am to capture sunrise (you can see the images here), I headed back to Margate to eagerly join the queue to be one of the first people to see the dream come true! It was so exciting to walk through the entrance arch ‘Dreamland Welcomes You’ and then through into the park. It was overwhelming to be stood there again, tears filled my eyes as I sat and had a cuppa, reflecting on the massive achievement that had been re-born. I had to go to a meeting, but I filled up with goodies at the gift shop – so many cute things!! In the evening, Mark and I returned and joined the queue that was around the seafront, it was like seeing Margate as I remember it, it was BUZZING! This was the first time Mark had seen it like this as we’d met in the years it has so courageously and brilliantly risen from. We bumped into so many friends and lovely couples I’ve photographed! High fived Louise & Greg in the queue, bumped into Kerry & James and spent the evening with Lisa & Owen who’ve become great mates since shooting their wedding! The atmosphere in the park was electric, the 50s swing area at the bandstand felt like you were looking at a nostalgic era, held so fondly by the generation before me, coupled with the rides of my childhood favourites. Mark won a giant blue duck, I’ve never seen him so elated, it did not leave his side all night! The Wall of Death, left us all holding our breath, what an amazing performance and the last ride of the night was on the gorgeous vintage carousel. As we looked back over the car park with the lights glistening on the car roofs, it really felt like we’d just stepped out of a dream. Dreamland Margate and everyone who has worked to make this come alive are our heroes, this is a monumental day for my birth town and I am so proud and excited by all of the plans yet to come! As I am writing this, ‘What a difference a day makes’ by Dinah Washington just came on the radio, the prefect tune to look through these to! I captured some polariod and digital, these few are my favourites, like little works of art – I am going to get them framed for sure!
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