A day of family fun at Ipswich Waterfront in May 1994

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994 - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Waterfront came alive with bouncy castles, puppet shows, market stalls and a helicopter display in May 1994.

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994 - Credit: Archant

It was five years before it’s redevelopment in 1999, but by then the waterfront had already proved itself as a popular hub.

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994 - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people turned out for the event, which included a demonstration by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI’s) helicopter over the water to demonstrate how it is used by the charity.

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994 - Credit: Archant

Spectators took to canoes and rowing boats to watch while others lined the harbour side.

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994 - Credit: Archant

The waterfront itself was bustling with crowds, with other entertainment including Punch and Judy performances, small fairground rides and bouncy castles while market stalls lined the street.

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994 - Credit: Archant


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Rowing activities were also available in the water.

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994

An RNLI helicopter doing an air display at Ipswich docks in 1994 - Credit: Archant

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