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Dreamland in Margate auctions log flume and whole host of other items

19 February 2016
by Connor Dunn

Dreamland is auctioning a log flume for £25,000 along with a whole host of other unusual items in the hope of raising more than £500,000.

The flume was originally bought from Sofia Land in Bulgaria in 2014 for £145,000. 

It's footprint is said to be 79.24m x 29.84m at its widest and longest points, which is probably too big for the garden.

The log flume came from Sofia Land in Bulgaria

The log flume came from Sofia Land in Bulgaria

A log flume, originally bought for £145,000, has a starting price of £25,000.

A log flume, originally bought for £145,000, has a starting price of £25,000.

The ride features two drops, a smaller one at 6.10m and a larger 9.60m drop and was originally manufactured in 2001.

You can also purchase the log flume carts to complete your set too. 

An opportunity to complete the set with eight log flume boats is also available

An opportunity to complete the set with eight log flume boats is also available

For those wanting to start their own business, you can buy a pizza van for a starting price of £3,000 or an ice cream van for £1,000.

A static pizza van is also up for auction at £3000

A static pizza van is also up for auction at £3000

A quick start-up business is available with this ice-cream van sale

A quick start-up business is available with this ice-cream van sale

Other items on the list put together by James Auctioneers, a company owned by Dreamland CEO Eddie Kemsley's husband, and featuring on the BidSpotter website include a London red bus children's ride which already has one bid for £50 and a large dinosaur display figure.

For Disney film fans eight jumbo Dumbo's have been listed on the site starting at £500.

If you ever wanted to own your own children's carousel you can with an auction price starting at £150. 

Disney fans can purchase eight jumbo Dumbo's starting at £500

Disney fans can purchase eight jumbo Dumbo's starting at £500

It is believed that none of the items listed for auction were bought using public money and most were bought by Dreamland operators Sands Heritage Limited but have proved to not be of use on the site. 

Dreamland say that some of the non-functioning items were donated by Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Council.
 
The company has written to both organisations to inform them of their intention to sell items to raise money for community projects that work alongside the Dreamland Trust.
 
Bids have already started on the children's big red bus

Bids have already started on the children's big red bus

 
They also say the lots are not original items from Dreamland’s past.
 
Dreamland Trust's Nick Laister said: "The Dreamland Trust has agreed to the sale of the items donated to the project.
 
"The transport of these items were funded by our grant, we have agreed with Sands Heritage Limited that any money raised from the sale of these items will be ring fenced and donated to The Dreamland Trust for community and education initiatives.
 
A dinosaur display is also available starting at £150

A dinosaur display is also available starting at £150

 
"We see this as a great way to continue to raise funds for the wider objectives of the Dreamland project."
 
In December the Margate-based company revealed it had built up debts of £2.9 million as Dreamland struggled to attract visitors in a summer blighted by transport problems caused by Operation Stack.

It later agreed a five-year repayment plan with its creditors, with its first contribution not due for 18 months.

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