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Looking back to the opening of the Felixstowe Leisure Centre in 1985

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 January 2018

Swimmers enjoying the pools at the official opening of Felixstowe Leisure Centre

Swimmers enjoying the pools at the official opening of Felixstowe Leisure Centre

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Were you among the people who had a swim when the Felixstowe Leisure Centre oepned in 1985?

A plaque being unveiled to mark the contributions from a number of organisations to the cost of the leisure centre in Undercliff Road WestA plaque being unveiled to mark the contributions from a number of organisations to the cost of the leisure centre in Undercliff Road West

It was a race against time to get the building ready for the much-anticipated opening – but it proved worthwhile as excited residents of all ages queued to see inside and take advantage of the free first day swimming on offer.

Queues waiting to use the new facilities on opening day in 1985Queues waiting to use the new facilities on opening day in 1985

Built on the site of the old Pier Pavilion, it featured a range of facilities the resort had never had before, including a main swimming pool, teaching and baby pools, a water slide, indoor bowls hall, multi-purpose hall, children’s soft play area called Funtasia, and cafe .

It was free swims all round at the openingIt was free swims all round at the opening

The centre at Pier Bight was set to cost £2.8million but was £4.3m by the time construction was complete.

Can you spot yourself or someone you know in this picture?Can you spot yourself or someone you know in this picture?

Can you spot yourself or anyone you know in these pictures from our archives? Were you a regular at the Felixstowe Leisure centre when it opened, or do you still go there now? To share your own pictures and memories of the Felixstowe Leisure Centre with us, or to reveal the names of someone in the photographs, email our picture desk at suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk

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