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Poolside packed for children’s swimming gala in 1995

PUBLISHED: 17:01 09 October 2018

Children cheering on their friends racing  Picture: ARCHANT

Children cheering on their friends racing Picture: ARCHANT

They were making a splash at Felixstowe Leisure Centre – with the pool hall filled with cheering and applause as it hosted a children’s swimming gala.

One of the races in progress  Picture: ARCHANTOne of the races in progress Picture: ARCHANT

The edges of the pool were teeming with youngsters cheering on their peers.

Races were closely fought in the pool as children took it in turns to race each other while their friends, all donning swimming caps for the event, cheered on from the poolside.

Felixstowe Swimming Club held such events, the club formed not long after the pool was built.

The leisure centre in Undercliff Road West was built on the site of the former Pier Pavilion in 1985, 10 years before the swimming gala, and had become a popular attraction

Plenty of children racing against each other at the swimming gala in Felixstowe  Picture: ARCHANTPlenty of children racing against each other at the swimming gala in Felixstowe Picture: ARCHANT

in the town.

As well as the main swimming pool, when it opened the centre also boasted a variety of teaching and baby pools as well a water slide and other multi-purpose facilities, including an indoor bowls hall.

Can you spot yourself in our gallery? Maybe you recognise an old school friend who participated in the swimming gala? Join the conversation on the Enjoy Felixstowe More! Facebook page.

Tense drama going on at the swimming gala  Picture: ARCHANTTense drama going on at the swimming gala Picture: ARCHANT

Action shot during the swimming races  Picture: ARCHANTAction shot during the swimming races Picture: ARCHANT

Did you participate during the swimming gala at the leisure centre in Felixstowe? Picture: ARCHANTDid you participate during the swimming gala at the leisure centre in Felixstowe? Picture: ARCHANT

Were you at the swimming gala in 1995?  Picture: ARCHANTWere you at the swimming gala in 1995? Picture: ARCHANT

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