Dreamland cancels big screen showing of England vs Ukraine Euro match

Fans on stage after England won the match on Tuesday

Dreamland has cancelled the big screen showing of the Euro match between England and Ukraine tomorrow (July 3).

The decision follows some disruption at the park during the game between England and Germany on June 28.

Dreamland hosts a 1,000 seater fan zone, with giant screen, live DJs, and food and drinks brought to the table as part of its Summer Social events.

The disturbance took place as England clinched victory with some park customers throwing beer ,turning up tables and rushing on stage – with one fan letting off a flare.

A statement from Dreamland says: “It is with huge disappointment that we are announcing the cancellation of the showing of England vs Ukraine at Dreamland Summer Social on Saturday.

“The England vs Germany game on Tuesday saw a number of individuals decide to ignore the rules and restrictions that we had put in place for the benefit of everyone’s safety, and that is not something we could have happen again.

“The team has worked hard this week, including seeking advice from police and licensing, and were hoping that steps could be taken to ensure that a safe event could be run. However, we do not feel that we have had the time to conclude this work and cannot therefore have confidence that the attendees would behave as they were asked to.

“We will be working hard on getting everything in place in time for the semi-finals and will communicate our plans ahead of that.”

37 Comments

  1. Great news! I feel sorry for the nearby residents who thought they were just living near a Fun Fair rather than a late night concert and sports venue.

  2. Nobody heard of coronavirus?
    It’s going up exponentially. In a week or so there will be 100,000’s of new infections every day.
    Events like these cause massive spread. 2000 associated with a recent Scotland game.

    • The number of infections doesn’t worry me too much. What is more important is the number of people getting seriously ill, which remains low thanks to the vaccine.

      However, I still think this is the wrong place to have something like this, particularly with football which tends to attract large groups of yobs. Can’t they show the tennis there instead?

      • The number of infections should give you cause for grave concern. Each time someone is infected, there is an opportunity for the virus to mutate. Inevitably, some new mutations will be more infectious and less responsive to current vaccines.
        It’s crucially important to crush the infection rate. Otherwise this will be a grim winter indeed.

        • Up to a million people protested in London against covid passports and restrictions last Saturday. I think people are just tired of quotes like this scare mongering people out of a life

      • Not yet. I think the way the UK are behaving we could create another new varient. That’s probably why the rest of the world wants nothing to do with us.

        • Wherever the vaccine replicates, there’s opportunity for mutation.
          Don’t forget that CV didn’t start in the UK. It was brought here when Dominic Raab urged Brits on skiing holidays in Italy to come home asap. So they did, bringing the virus with them. There was absolutely no track ir trace or quarantine in place.
          This year, the Delta variant was brought into the UK from India because Boris chose not to stop travel between the UK and India for political reasons.

          • I’m probably one of the people who brought it in! We went to Austria for a Christmas 2019 break, and I had what was almost certainly Covid during the week I got back. I continued going to shops and the pub though…

  3. Hey Peter,
    You must be living in your own Deamland if you believe it was just a fun fair. Original in the 1870s there was a restaurant and dance hall, known as the Hall By The Sea. The first amusement rides were installed as early as 1880 when ‘Sea on Land’ machines were installed. In 1893 a large skating rink was built.
    The cinema and ballroom initially remained open at the outbreak of World War II, though any prospects for anything like a normal summer season in 1940 were abandoned when the entire Dreamland site was requisitioned by the Government.
    The restaurants served as treatment centres for the wounded and the ballroom was converted to a makeshift dormitory for troops. 2,000 troops were later stationed at Dreamland, including many from the Entertainment National Service Association (better known as ENSA), including actor Jack Warner of Dixon of Dock Green fame and Ralph Reader, creator of The Gang Show.
    The presence of ENSA meant that some film and stage shows continued at Dreamland throughout the war years, though it was not until 1946 that the amusement park was up and running again. So a long history of stage shows Peter. Rides, dancing and film all returned in earnest in the summer, as Britons sought to kick back and seek relief from the years of war. More risqué sideshows started to appear on site.
    The 1960s are largely remembered as the era of the Mods and Rockers and these groups flocked to Dreamland, which was by then one of the premier music venues outside of London. The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, Lulu, Desmond Dekker and Gerry and the Pacemakers all graced the stage at Dreamland.
    The iconic giant slide the Astroglide arrived at the park in 1973 and there was also the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride and the Cyclone for visitors to enjoy by the middle of the decade, when a small zoo was also reintroduced alongside the fun fair. The popular Water Chute made its first appearance in 1977.
    Live music and staged shows continued in the 70s. Away from the amusement park there were a lot of changes in the cinema building, with the main auditorium being divided to make two smaller cinemas and also a theatre. This new venue played host to risqué comedies, from the stable of legendary soft porn magnate Paul Raymond.
    Though music was still more of a draw for the locals, especially in the ballroom, which was refurbished and rebranded as Topspot. Bill Haley and His Comets opened the venue as part of a revival tour. Slade, Alvin Stardust and The Drifters also graced the stage at the Topspot.
    Away from the amusement park there were a lot of changes in the cinema building, with the main auditorium being divided to make two smaller cinemas and also a theatre. This new venue played host to risqué comedies, from the stable of legendary soft porn magnate Paul Raymond.
    Though music was still more of a draw for the locals, especially in the ballroom, which was refurbished and rebranded as Topspot. Bill Haley and His Comets opened the venue as part of a revival tour. Slade, Alvin Stardust and The Drifters also graced the stage at the Topspot.
    Spring forward to 2021 and live music events and entertainment still being booked. People who live nearby know the history of the venue and chose to live there.
    Peter Try being informed instead of just opinionated

  4. christ – imagine getting locked up for 3 months with him ! you would ask for the electric chair.

  5. Peter I’m pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Hope you didn’t feel very unwell when you got back? I’m glad you managed to get out to the pub and shops. You poor human. I hope that if you felt very unwell the NHS would be able to treat you. I hope that if you have any children in your family the teachers should teach them. Well at least you managed to get out and about. Humans! 🙄

    • It was BEFORE anyone knew Covid was outside China, so I assumed it was a very bad cold! After a few days of being up all night continuously coughing, I felt well enough to go out… it is only in RETROSPECT that I think I may have been infectious, once I knew what it (probably) was.

    • December 2019-WHO wasn’t even informed until December 31st 2019. Could have just been a horrible bug anyway.

      • Exactly Steve. It was later established though that the part of Austria I went to was an early Covid hotspot (certainly many were getting ill by late January 2020).

  6. The information as always been around if you was prepared to look.the government does not always want you to know the truth. Soon as I found out about China I read and watched online news on the virus. I decided to put a face covering straight away. I didn’t wait for the government to tell me so. Everyone has a brain. It’s about time we all started to use it.

    • Oh dear, another conspiracy theorist… Why do I even waste my time replying to you lot?

    • Except he said his trip was Xmas 2019. The WHO were not informed about Covid until December 31st 2019, so the world did not find out about it until then/start of January. So unless Peter had a crystal ball how the hell would he have known? Also don’t forget the government & shops here did nothing to protect anybody until mid-late March of 2020.

  7. After reading all the comments here, most of which are irrelevant to the article. I, for one, feel sorry for the majority of people who observed the rules and had a great time and, was looking forward to the match tonight, but once again the enjoyment of many are spoilt by the few. Maybe, the organisers could name and shame the people who caused the problems.

    • “the few”? If you look at the photo, almost everyone had left their seats and huddled close together! Surely they didn’t “observe the rules”?

  8. Peter, a photo, taken at the right time and angle, can show a lot of things, I cant see 1000 seats there, be it correct to any incident or not.

  9. I will enjoy the match from home with my family. I’ve worked hard to to use my common sense throughout this pandemic and will continue to do so. I don’t need to go on holiday or gather with lots of strangers to be happy. Oh it must be a conspiracy or just using my brain ????

    • It is a conspiracy to say that the government knew that Covid was in Austria in December 2019, and that I “should have used my brain” and stayed at home. No-one could’ve predicted how the situation would develop 3 months later.

      Otherwise we’re much in agreement (we went on holiday for the first time since Dec. ’19 a couple of weeks ago, renting a remote cottage about half a mile from the nearest neighbour and just a 45 minute drive from home). I certainly won’t be watching football though!

  10. End of the day this dirty virus came from china,and our clown prime minster should have put the uk in to full lockdown,late 2019closed our boarders,everything,but BREXIT was important.

  11. Not sure why anybody would want to go to that building site & sit in the wind &/or rain to watch it during a pandemic-especially with this current strain rapidly increasing. Even more bizarre when you consider BBC & ITV show every match live in the comfort of your own home.

  12. WHO did not do the research. They were late to act. You only needed to watch some of the footage coming out of China. A world wide pandemic with travel around the world it was inevitable. Again not conspiracy but BBC news is always late to report the facts.

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