Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 29°C

min temp: 18°C

Search

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

Archant

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

Extreme heat has contributed to delays in the re-opening of the leisure pool at Ipswich’s Crown Pools.

Do you recognise anyone in our Yates photo gallery? All pictures were taken in Ipswich on Saturday, July 21.

Stargazers are eagerly looking forward to the first total lunar eclipse for several years on Friday - but there are doubts over what weather conditions will be like.

A spectacular scene is set to unfold in the sky this month with the first total lunar eclipse for several years.

A crash on the A12 is reported to have caused major delays for rush hour motorists this morning.

Parents in Suffolk and north Essex are being warned to make sure their vaccinations are up to date following outbreaks of measles in Europe.

Today is likely to be the hottest day of the year - marking the start of another week of scorching temperatures.

Hot temperatures are set to bring alterations to this evening’s peak rail services - with speed restrictions expected on routes through Suffolk and Essex.

There were reports of people seeing the Red Arrows flying over parts of Suffolk last night.

The summer holidays have arrived, here are some fun ways to keep your children entertained without having to spend a lot of money.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24