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Hands up all those who were majorettes – or the parents of a majorette

PUBLISHED: 12:06 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:06 19 September 2018

Focused performance in front of friends and family  Picture: ARCHANT

Focused performance in front of friends and family Picture: ARCHANT

Our photo throwback gallery this week focuses on one of the last events held at Felixstowe’s much-loved Pier Pavilion when it played host to a majorettes festival back in 1983.

Children of all ages performing in the marching band  Picture: ARCHANTChildren of all ages performing in the marching band Picture: ARCHANT

For those who don’t remember this magnificent hulk of a building, it was a huge hall which stood on the site of today’s leisure centre on Pier Bight.

Its ample space was home to a wide range of regular seaside events – from organist Handel’s famous tea dances and concerts to motorcycle shows, from entertainer Dennis Lowe’s annual Easter Bonnet Parade to exhibitions and conventions, from Felixstowe Folk Festival to rock concerts, beer festivals to wrestling.

Its best-known moment came in 1966 when The Who rocked the place with a gig from which footage can be seen on youtube.

In 1983 – just months before demolition started – it was the venue for drumming, marching and baton twirling as majorette troupes took over for a festival to demonstrate their skills.

Do you spot any old faces from this line up  Picture: ARCHANTDo you spot any old faces from this line up Picture: ARCHANT

It was one of the first such competitions held in the town, which would lead to the creation of the Felixstowe Majorettes Tattoo, held regularly in Langer Park for many years and attracting hundreds of girls from across the region.

Felixstowe was something of a majorette town in the 1980s with troupes such as the Debenaires, EADT Press Gang, Container Town Twirlers, and Felixstowe Technotronics to name but a few.

The pavilion was the perfect space in 1983 for drumming, marching and baton twirling and the hall was packed with families to watch the girls performing in an array of costumes.

Do you recognise any faces or maybe old friends from our majorettes gallery? Join the conversation on the Enjoy Felixstowe More! Facebook page

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