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Kent seaside amusements boss Jimmy Godden has died

By ThanetGazette  |  Posted: March 28, 2012

  • Jimmy Godden - famous for his amusements empire on the Kent coast - has died following a battle with cancer

  • Dreamland in Margate was once the jewel in the crown of Godden's amusements empire

  • The Folkestone Rotunda was demolished to make way for planned redevelopment of the seafront

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CONTROVERSIAL Kent businessman Jimmy Godden has died.

The amusement arcade and fun park tycoon died in his sleep last night following a two-year battle with cancer.

The former Dreamland and Rotunda boss was being treated with chemotherapy weekly at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

Mr Godden bought Margate's Dreamland amusement park in 1996 from the Bembom family and previously operated Ramsgate Pleasure Park and the Rotunda on Folkestone seafront.

He was described by long-standing friend Frank Thorley as a "shrewd" businessman and amassed a wide portfolio of investments.

Mr Godden owned properties across the east of Kent in towns including Ramsgate, Dover and Folkestone, where he was born.

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  • JimDouglasJr  |  April 10 2012, 1:14AM

    Be that as it may, the man cost hundreds, if not thousands, of people their jobs all in the interest of personal gain, not to mention the divit that caused in the economy. Some people are better off gone. Death doesn't clear your slate if you were bad, just stops it from getting worse. The picture of the fat guy in front of a status vehicle says it all. "Elevator going down, Mr. Godden." While I'm sure he had good qualities, caring for his community wasn't one of them. With wealth comes responsibility, and not just to your family bank account.

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  • mikeyboy69  |  April 07 2012, 9:54PM

    I am 42 and lived in folkestone all my life and i for one am glad this man is dead he ruined this town you only have to take a look at are sea front now and pictures of what it looked like before he got his greedy little hands on it...................

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  • seasider11  |  April 07 2012, 12:51AM

    I am disgusted by the callous disregard to my community.

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  • No_Man  |  April 07 2012, 12:24AM

    They should put a 'D' at the end of his number plate, and sell that too as 'Funds'

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  • HandyAndy777  |  April 06 2012, 9:04PM

    No need to raise money for the Cancer Trust set up by Jimmy's widow, just sell part of the tycoon's empire. Job done!

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  • Ed191  |  April 06 2012, 11:42AM

    I'm disgusted by how callous some of these comments are.

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  • gareth65  |  March 30 2012, 8:32PM

    cant have free speach. mine got taken of twice

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  • MDeacona  |  March 30 2012, 11:55AM

    I've noticed the comments disappear...

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  • MDeacona  |  March 29 2012, 8:55PM

    All of the above... ^^^^^

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  • smiles35  |  March 29 2012, 4:06PM

    that karma's a real *****

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