Shore thing! Spot yourself in beach photos from 1970s-90s

People taking part in a sponsored crawl during the annual RNLI day at Felixstowe Ferry in June 1978

People stop for a drink during a sponsored crawl at the annual RNLI day at Felixstowe Ferry in June 1978 - Credit: Archant

Beautiful beaches are one of the glories of East Anglia.

Thousands packed the beach at Felixstowe for the annual Round Table raft race in August 1987

Thousands packed the beach at Felixstowe for the annual Round Table raft race in August 1987 - Credit: Archant

Today we are looking back at some of our beaches over the years, with pictures of visitors relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere.

A crowded beach from near the pier looking towards Bent Hill in Felixstowe in the summer of 1975

A crowded beach from near the pier looking towards Bent Hill in Felixstowe in the summer of 1975 - Credit: Archant

The summer of 1976 might be the one that everyone talks about, but, as our photos show, there was also glorious sunshine to enjoy during other summers, including 1978.

Salvation Army members entertaining children on Felixstowe beach in August 1979

Salvation Army members entertaining children on Felixstowe beach in August 1979 - Credit: Archant

Our gallery shows some of the fun events and activities on Felixstowe beach over the years, including raft races and children's entertainment from the Salvation Army.

Thousands packed the beach at Clacton for the Radio 1 Roadshow in 1996

Thousands packed the beach at Clacton for the Radio 1 Roadshow in 1996 - Credit: Archant

And there are memories of when Clacton beach was packed for a visit  by the Radio 1 Roadshow in 1996.

Al raft race from the beach at Felixstowe in July 1979

For several years there was an annual raft race from the beach at Felixstowe. This was the event in July 1979 - Credit: Archant


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Of course, during coronavirus restrictions, we are currently all avoiding crowds like those shown here.

A picture taken from the pier at Felixstowe in August 1964

A picture taken from the pier at Felixstowe in August 1964 - Credit: Archant

But many people will be looking forward to smaller, socially-distanced visits to the beach over the coming months - and hoping for some sun.

Waldringfield villagers clean up the beach in May 1981

Waldringfield villagers clean up the beach in May 1981 - Credit: Archant

Do these photos bring back memories? Email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk

To order photos, visit our website or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449. 



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