Felixstowe: Campaigners’ tribute to former landmark – wreath placed at Beach Station gates

Mike Ninnmey and Harry Dangerfield lay a wreath at the Beach Station railway station. It is nine yea

Mike Ninnmey and Harry Dangerfield lay a wreath at the Beach Station railway station. It is nine years since it closed. - Credit: Archant

CAMPAIGNERS have laid a wreath near the site of a former Felixstowe railway station and have urged others to protect the places which helped to build the area.

Beach Station in the 1960s.

Beach Station in the 1960s. - Credit: Archant

Former Felixstowe councillors Mike Ninnmey and Harry Dangerfield also put up a sign about the former Beach Station during the Easter weekend.

It is now nine years since the building was controversially demolished and their call for people to remember their history comes as campaigners fight to raise the necessary funds to refurbish Trimley Station.

Mr Ninnmey said: “We have concerns about Trimley Station and we don’t want the same thing to happen again.

“This is to remind people that it is easy to lose a part of your history.

“It is a memory of what was a very fine station and the future of the resort – we should not forget.”

The station was the first to be built by Colonel Tomline in 1876 with the aim of making Felixstowe a go-to place for tourists.

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Its demolition has proved a huge source of contention and Mr Ninnmey is adamant that it should not be a forgotten part of the resort.

He added: “There is nothing here to tell anyone who doesn’t know that this was the catalyst that started Felixstowe as a resort.”

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