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Makeshift rafts race around Ipswich docks: memories from 1982

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 November 2017

One of the more impressive rafts to take to the docks

One of the more impressive rafts to take to the docks

The waterfront has played host to a number of vessels and ships over the years, but here we look back to 1982 when makeshift rafts were put to the test and raced around the docks.

One of the rafts that raced on the docks One of the rafts that raced on the docks

Rafts in all shapes and sizes took to the water made by an array of community groups and teams from across Ipswich and Suffolk, all of whom wanted to have built the best raft.

A large crowd of spectators turned out A large crowd of spectators turned out

Some of the rafts stuck to the more basic design of barrels and canoes to keep the team afloat, while others had a little more creative flair including vessels designed to look like sail boats and another to look like a dragon surfing the water.

One of the teams working hard on the water One of the teams working hard on the water

With a spectacle such as this taking place on the waterfront, plenty of Ipswich residents stood in anticipation at the dock’s edge to see who would be victorious in the race.

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This group certainly enjoyed the day This group certainly enjoyed the day

Not all the rafts were quite as successful as others, with a couple of people swimming their way to the finish Not all the rafts were quite as successful as others, with a couple of people swimming their way to the finish

Rafts of all shapes and designs raced it out along the waterfront Rafts of all shapes and designs raced it out along the waterfront

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