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A big opening for a down and out town

A big opening for a down and out town

In an English seaside town that has seen better days, this is a red-letter day.
For years in Margate, things have shut down _ shops, hotels, the Dreamland amusement park that used to draw crowds of visitors to this brash resort.
Saturday sees an opening _ the launch of a 17 million pound ($28 million) art gallery that Margate hopes will restore fortunes which have declined since Britons abandoned bracing seaside holidays for flights to sunnier vacation spots.
John Kampfner, chair of trustees of the new Turner Contemporary gallery, said Friday that the whole atmosphere of the area has been transformed."