Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 29°C

min temp: 17°C

Search

Felixstowe: Tickets available for service to honour 41 who died in floods tragedy

09:00 03 January 2013

Ian Heeley at the Felixstowe 1953 floods memorial.

Ian Heeley at the Felixstowe 1953 floods memorial.

Archant

TICKETS will be available from next week for a 60th anniversary memorial service to remember those who died in the 1953 floods tragedy at Felixstowe.

The service of remembrance to honour the 41 people who perished at the resort is being hosted by Felixstowe Salvation Army on February 2 at 7pm, with everyone to be seated by 6.30pm.

Ian Heeley, who looks after the flood memorial in Langer Road, and is organising a commemoration at the memorial and the special service with church officials, said around 240 people were expected to take part in the event at the Salvation Army Hall in Cobbold Road.

“I have allocated places for civic officials, including the mayor Mike Deacon and his wife Anne, the mayoress, councillors and others, and then there will be 200 places for members of the public,” he said.

“The tickets are free and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, and I expect them to be snapped up very quickly indeed.

“It may be 60 years ago but feelings for some are still very raw – it was a tragic and terrible night that will never be forgotten by those who lost loved ones, those who survived and those involved in the rescues and clearing up afterwards.

“It had a huge impact on our town and I think it is very important that we remember those who were lost.”

The tickets will be available at the Salvation Army office in Cobbold Road during opening hours from Monday.

On January 31 at 3pm it is planned to have a commemoration at the flood memorial with the laying of floral tributes, followed by refreshments at St Edmunds Hall, Langer Road.

■ Tell us your memories of the 1953 floods – write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or email starletters@archant.co.uk

0 comments

The former Fisons building at Bramford

Trains between Stowmarket and Ipswich are running at reduced speed due to “thick black smoke” coming from a fire in the old Fisons building in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A rap-loving noisy neighbour has been taken to court for continually disturbing his Ipswich neighbours with his music.

Skye Biggs with her mum Lana Heath.

All little Skye Biggs, of Felixstowe, wants from life is a day devoted to her favourite TV character.

An entry in the Suffolk Libraries Bookface competition

Dozens of creative entries have been submitted into the Suffolk Libraries Get Caught Reading and Bookface competitions as a means to inspire readers.

Fire station in Princes Street, lpswich

One of two full-time appliances based at Princes Street in the town has left the station as part of the shake up of Suffolk’s fire services approved earlier this year.

St Elizabeth Hospice have revealed a new pig   Dr Trott and Nurse Honey-Cured

The Pigs Gone Wild trail has just days left to run but before we say Ta Ta Trotters, we want to know which is your favourite pig.

East Town Bottle Shop & Tap Room artwork, created by Ipswich-based artist Jacob Elgaard

Ipswich’s first micropub East Town Bottle Shop & Tap Room has unveiled a mural created by Suffolk artist Jacob Elgaard.

Police crack down motoring offences on the A140 at Stonham Parva.

More than 60 Suffolk motorists are still driving despite having 12 points or more on their licence, according to DVLA figures

Dalian Atkinson playing for Ipswich in 1988. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

An inquest was today opened into the death of ex-Ipswich Town footballer Dalian Atkinson after he was shot with a police Taser.

Abellio Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles.

The average speed of trains between London and Ipswich will be cut to just over an hour in three years’ time – but the Ipswich in 60 ambition will depend on Network Rail carrying out improvement work.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24