I have watched the News about the opening of Margates Dreamland. Oh what memories that place holds for me.
My Aunt and Uncle had a guesthouse in Margate. It was about 10 mins or less from Dreamland. I spent a couple of holidays there as a teenager. Later when I met Mavis I had booked a holiday there again and she came down on a coach to see me. I remember that week so vividly. I was happy to be on Holliday but gutted at being away from her for a week. It was unbearable.
I spent most of my week in Dreamland. I used to go on the stalls that had decent prizes. I think it was unique that 2 of the stalls gave me a prize to get rid of me. It was an extremely lucky time for me. I would buy a ticket on one stall where the light stops. The lights would whiz round a big board and slow down and stop. The stall holder would call out the winning number and it was me. Time and time again I would win . He leaned over and said If I give you a free prize will you go away and come back later. These people will think its fixed. So I would move onto another one . This one had records on a disc that would spin. When it stopped it played a record. He would call out the name of the record. It was me ,so another prize likewise time and time again I would win. He also told me to go somewhere else. I said I am just lucky. He also gave me a prize to go away. During that week I one most of my Bottom Draw. I had cutlery sets Cups and saucers. Pots and Pans bed Linen, I had so much that I had to leave a lot at my Uncles when I came home and I had to go back again to collect it.
This period of luck extended to raffles and sweep stakes work and in my club. It got so bad people would when asked to buy tickets would ask has He (me ) bought any tickets. If he has we don’t want any because he will win them all. This streak lasted up untill I was called up for the Army. At that point my luck changed. Since then back in the 1960s I’ve hardly ever won a thing.
I noticed on the news today that an entry charge of £17.50 per adult is made. Back in my day it was free entry. How times change. At that price I think Dreamland will remain a memory.