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Days Gone By: A Tardis or a Police box? Fond memories from Felixstowe in the Dr Who era

PUBLISHED: 08:32 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:32 11 January 2018

Who is calling? Officers at the police phone box close to the Pier Pavilion, Felixstowe, in March 1966. Do you know either of the officers?  Picture: JOHN KERR

Who is calling? Officers at the police phone box close to the Pier Pavilion, Felixstowe, in March 1966. Do you know either of the officers? Picture: JOHN KERR

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When the Dr Who series began on the BBC in 1963, police phone boxes were a common sight.

A police patrol car at Felixstowe in 1966. Picture: JOHN KERR A police patrol car at Felixstowe in 1966. Picture: JOHN KERR

The “Tardis,” featured in the science fiction programme, was a Police box on the outside, but a much larger time machine within.

A set of photographs taken in Felixstowe in March 1966, by staff photographer John Kerr, featured officers of the East Suffolk Force using a “Tardis” at the Pier Pavilion site.

Before police officers had personal radios the boxes were located around the area for officers to contact the police station.

A police driver at the wheel in 1966. Picture: JOHN KERR A police driver at the wheel in 1966. Picture: JOHN KERR

If the headquarters needed to contact them a light would flash on the top. The photographs also include police vehicles, which would be museum pieces today.

Do any of the photographs bring memories of the police from decades ago? To submit a letter, in less than 300 words, write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or send an e-mail.

A police motor cyclist on the radio at Felixstowe in March 1966. Picture: JOHN KERR A police motor cyclist on the radio at Felixstowe in March 1966. Picture: JOHN KERR

Officers at the Felixstowe police station when the only technology on the desk was a telephone. Picture: JOHN KERR Officers at the Felixstowe police station when the only technology on the desk was a telephone. Picture: JOHN KERR

An East Suffolk Police Force telephone box at Felixstowe also had a St Johns Ambulance Brigade first aid box available. The East Suffolk, Ipswich and West Suffolk forces were amalgamated in April 1967.
 Picture: JOHN KERR An East Suffolk Police Force telephone box at Felixstowe also had a St Johns Ambulance Brigade first aid box available. The East Suffolk, Ipswich and West Suffolk forces were amalgamated in April 1967. Picture: JOHN KERR

An officer cycling a rural beat in the Felixstowe area in 1966. Picture: Picture: JOHN KERR An officer cycling a rural beat in the Felixstowe area in 1966. Picture: Picture: JOHN KERR

Officers at the Felixstowe police station when the only technology on the desk was a telephone.

 Picture: JOHN KERR Officers at the Felixstowe police station when the only technology on the desk was a telephone. Picture: JOHN KERR

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