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Readers share their skydiving memories from Ipswich Airport

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:23 16 March 2017

Maureen Wright's 500th skydive. Picture: MAUREEN WRIGHT

Maureen Wright's 500th skydive. Picture: MAUREEN WRIGHT

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Following on from our nostalgic gallery last week, readers have sent in their memories of skydiving from Ipswich Airport.

Andy Page doing a tandem skydive. Picture: ANDY PAGEAndy Page doing a tandem skydive. Picture: ANDY PAGE

For many decades Ipswich Airport played host to a number of skydiving and parachuting events before the last aircraft took off from the site in January 1998.

Andy Page doing a tandem skydive. Picture: ANDY PAGEAndy Page doing a tandem skydive. Picture: ANDY PAGE

UK Parachuting, then known as Ipswich Parachute Centre, ran weekly jumps from the Nacton Road site before it relocated to Beccles Airfield, Ellough.

Maureen Wright after her 500th skydive. Picture: MAUREEN WRIGHTMaureen Wright after her 500th skydive. Picture: MAUREEN WRIGHT

Among those who took part regularly were Ipswich Star readers Andy Page and Maureen Wright, who both completed multiple jumps at the site during the 1980s.

Maureen Wright completing her 500th skydive with Ipswich Parachute Centre in the 1980s. Picture: MAUREEN WRIGHTMaureen Wright completing her 500th skydive with Ipswich Parachute Centre in the 1980s. Picture: MAUREEN WRIGHT

Andy worked at the centre and often performed tandem skydives with up to four people at once. Maureen was a regular jumper and completed over 500 dives at the airport.

Maureen Wright's partner and friend skydiving with Ipswich Parachute Centre. Picture: MAUREEN WRIGHTMaureen Wright's partner and friend skydiving with Ipswich Parachute Centre. Picture: MAUREEN WRIGHT

The pair were inspired to share their photographs with us after we published a spread of nostalgic pictures of skydiving events at the airport on the Ipswich Star website last week.

A canopy formation competition at Ipswich Parachute Centre in 1981. From top; Andy Page, Tony Knight, John Gleave, Mike smith. All staff at the centreA canopy formation competition at Ipswich Parachute Centre in 1981. From top; Andy Page, Tony Knight, John Gleave, Mike smith. All staff at the centre

A canopy formation competition at Ipswich Parachute Centre in 1981. From top; Andy Page, Tony Knight, John Gleave, Mike smith. All staff at the centreA canopy formation competition at Ipswich Parachute Centre in 1981. From top; Andy Page, Tony Knight, John Gleave, Mike smith. All staff at the centre

To view our skydiving gallery from last week, click here.

To send in your memories from Ipswich Airport, email our picture desk.

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  • I remember living on Alan Road in the late 80's and early 90's watching all the parachutes from my back garden. My Dad used to take me up to the road beside the runway and we used to watch the planes take off and land... I'm only 33 but it sure makes me feel old! Soon enough you reach the age where you can actually turn around to kids and say 'I remember when that was all fields!'. Great memories. :-)

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