Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

Search

Looking back to the opening of the Felixstowe Leisure Centre in 1985

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 January 2018

Swimmers enjoying the pools at the official opening of Felixstowe Leisure Centre

Swimmers enjoying the pools at the official opening of Felixstowe Leisure Centre

Archant

Were you among the people who had a swim when the Felixstowe Leisure Centre oepned in 1985?

A plaque being unveiled to mark the contributions from a number of organisations to the cost of the leisure centre in Undercliff Road West A plaque being unveiled to mark the contributions from a number of organisations to the cost of the leisure centre in Undercliff Road West

It was a race against time to get the building ready for the much-anticipated opening – but it proved worthwhile as excited residents of all ages queued to see inside and take advantage of the free first day swimming on offer.

Queues waiting to use the new facilities on opening day in 1985 Queues waiting to use the new facilities on opening day in 1985

Built on the site of the old Pier Pavilion, it featured a range of facilities the resort had never had before, including a main swimming pool, teaching and baby pools, a water slide, indoor bowls hall, multi-purpose hall, children’s soft play area called Funtasia, and cafe .

It was free swims all round at the opening It was free swims all round at the opening

The centre at Pier Bight was set to cost £2.8million but was £4.3m by the time construction was complete.

Can you spot yourself or someone you know in this picture? Can you spot yourself or someone you know in this picture?

Can you spot yourself or anyone you know in these pictures from our archives? Were you a regular at the Felixstowe Leisure centre when it opened, or do you still go there now? To share your own pictures and memories of the Felixstowe Leisure Centre with us, or to reveal the names of someone in the photographs, email our picture desk at suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk

Housebuyers are prepared to pay up to pay a £143,000 premium for a home with a seaview in Felixstowe, it has been revealed.

Fire crews have battled a blaze in two acres of grassland off Ravenswood Avenue in Ipswich.

Police have confirmed a man who died in a two-vehicle crash in Linton near Cambridge was 50-year-old Mitica Baiculescu from Ipswich.

The amount Ipswich Town pays towards the cost of policing its own home games is “unfair” and should be higher, Suffolk’s top police officer has said.

Suffolk’s very own dancing queen Jo Darby is feeling like a super trouper after casters for the second Mamma Mia! film took a chance on her.

A fundraising appeal for a family whose lives were torn apart by a devastating fire has exceeded its target four times over in just two days.

A Suffolk man accused of attacking his wife and threatening to kill her after she woke him up to check he’d injected himself with insulin has admitted punching her twice, a court has heard.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24