Nostalgia: Revellers from all over flock to Felixstowe for carnival time
PUBLISHED: 09:08 01 September 2019
Let’s turn back the clock ... and take a look at Felixstowe Carnival in 1975.
Huge crowds of carnival revellers descended on Felixstowe to see an array of quirky and impressively-made decorated floats wind their way through the resort 44 years ago.
People from all over Suffolk took their deckchairs and picnics for a day of entertainment at Felixstowe Carnival 1975.
The procession saw some fantastic floats including a castle on one lorry accompanied by knights, jesters and servants, a large rocket, flower power fun, and a was led by a guards marching band.
It is also thought to have been the first carnival to welcome carnival royalty and visitors from the resort's German twin town Wesel after the twinning agreement was made the previous year.
There was lots of other entertainment to enjoy, too, and you could whizz round the helter skelter, hook a duck or have a go on the carousel at the busy and bustling fairground on Langer Park.
One of the most interesting things here is not just the parade but the people and the places. Can you spot any familiar faces?
The shots of the seafront are particularly fascinating - there's a glimpse of what appears to be an open-air paddling pool and the track of the little train that ran in a loop around the gardens opposite the North Sea Hotel. Many people will have fond memories of taking a ride astride that locomotive from the 1960s to around 2000.