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Nostalgia: Revellers from all over flock to Felixstowe for carnival time

PUBLISHED: 09:08 01 September 2019

A roller skate float glides through the parade, demonstrating flower power of the 60s  Picture: JOHN KERR

A roller skate float glides through the parade, demonstrating flower power of the 60s Picture: JOHN KERR

John Kerr

Let's turn back the clock ... and take a look at Felixstowe Carnival in 1975.

A regally dressed marching band on parade at the Felixstowe carnival in August 1975  Picture: JOHN KERRA regally dressed marching band on parade at the Felixstowe carnival in August 1975 Picture: JOHN KERR

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.

The people of the parade dressed to impress during the Felixstowe carnival - visitors from twin town Wesel shortly after the twinning  Picture: JOHN KERRThe people of the parade dressed to impress during the Felixstowe carnival - visitors from twin town Wesel shortly after the twinning Picture: JOHN KERR

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.

Huge floats full of people parading through Felixstowe with banners and decorative costumes  Picture: JOHN KERRHuge floats full of people parading through Felixstowe with banners and decorative costumes Picture: JOHN KERR

A castle float gallantly sailing down the streets of Felixstowe with kings, queens, knights and servants  Picture: JOHN KERRA castle float gallantly sailing down the streets of Felixstowe with kings, queens, knights and servants Picture: JOHN KERR

A float that was out of this world, a rocket ship landed in the carnival parade line up in 1975  Picture: JOHN KERRA float that was out of this world, a rocket ship landed in the carnival parade line up in 1975 Picture: JOHN KERR

The people of Suffolk gather together in the sunshine on their deck chairs to spectate at the carnival  Picture: JOHN KERRThe people of Suffolk gather together in the sunshine on their deck chairs to spectate at the carnival Picture: JOHN KERR

A helter skelter and hook a duck, alongside other entertainments at the Felixstowe Carnival  Picture: JOHN KERRA helter skelter and hook a duck, alongside other entertainments at the Felixstowe Carnival Picture: JOHN KERR

Royal fun at the Felixstowe carnival  Picture: JOHN KERRRoyal fun at the Felixstowe carnival Picture: JOHN KERR

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