Kent seaside amusements boss Jimmy Godden has died
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.
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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.