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Days Gone By: Weekend of celebrations in Felixstowe marked milestone RAF anniversary in 1988

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 March 2018

RAF Felixstowe marching band performing at the anniversary weekend in 1988. Picture: JOHN KERR

RAF Felixstowe marching band performing at the anniversary weekend in 1988. Picture: JOHN KERR

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Do you remember when Felixstowe celebrated 70 years of the Royal Air Force?

The Mayor of Felixstowe cuts a cake to mark the anniversary in 1988. Picture: JOHN KERRThe Mayor of Felixstowe cuts a cake to mark the anniversary in 1988. Picture: JOHN KERR

In September 1988, great celebrations were held in Felixstowe to mark the 70th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

Hundreds of people headed to the seafront for the occasion. Picture: JOHN KERRHundreds of people headed to the seafront for the occasion. Picture: JOHN KERR

Rain certainly couldn’t dampen spirits on the day, proven by the hundreds of people who turned out for the occasion.

Dignitaries watch the parade go by. Picture: JOHN KERRDignitaries watch the parade go by. Picture: JOHN KERR

The town put on great spectacle along the promenade for residents and visitors alike, with the town mayor among those who attended.

A procession of Royal Air Force servicemen marching through Felixstowe in 1988. Picture: JOHN KERRA procession of Royal Air Force servicemen marching through Felixstowe in 1988. Picture: JOHN KERR

Festivities over the weekend included a display of sea planes and rescue helicopters, as well as a procession along the seafront.

The Mayor of Felixstowe makes a speech at the RAF anniversary event. Picture: JOHN KERRThe Mayor of Felixstowe makes a speech at the RAF anniversary event. Picture: JOHN KERR

RAF Felixstowe started as a Royal Naval Air Service Seaplane base in 1913, and closed on June 21, 1962.

The occasion drew in a huge crowd. Picture: JOHN KERRThe occasion drew in a huge crowd. Picture: JOHN KERR

During the First World War aircraft from the base patrolled the sea looking for German U-Boats. By the end of the war the base was one of the largest in the world.

An RAF rescue helicopter formed part of a display. Picture: JOHN KERRAn RAF rescue helicopter formed part of a display. Picture: JOHN KERR

Do you recognise anyone pictured in this gallery? To share your own pictures and memories with us, email suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk

An RAF plane forms part of a display in Felixstowe to mark the 70th anniversary. Picture: JOHN KERRAn RAF plane forms part of a display in Felixstowe to mark the 70th anniversary. Picture: JOHN KERR

Rain didn't dampen spirits - with people taking shelter under umbrellas during the festivities. Picture: JOHN KERRRain didn't dampen spirits - with people taking shelter under umbrellas during the festivities. Picture: JOHN KERR

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