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Christmas comes early for lucky quintet

PUBLISHED: 20:26 15 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

FIVE lucky people have won copies of a new book about Felixstowe's role in defending the realm after taking part in a special Evening Star competition.

FIVE lucky people have won copies of a new book about Felixstowe's role in defending the realm after taking part in a special Evening Star competition.

Dozens of people entered the competition to win a copy of Felixstowe at War and answered a question about the seaside town's secret role in the Second World War when it was the base for Operation Outward.

The operation involved Wrens and Marines sending balloons carrying 100 metre long trailing wires and incendiary devices from Felixstowe ferry golf course across to the continent on offshore winds.

Readers were asked how many balloons were dispatched, and the answer was 99,142 – 45,599 trailing wires and 53,543 carrying bombs.

The lucky winners were: G L Archer, of Looe Road, Felixstowe; Mrs D Chalmers, of Ward Road, Ipswich; G R Boulter, of Dover Road, Ipswich; G Welton, of Palmcroft Close, Ipswich; and Mrs M Cook, of Rosecroft Road, Ipswich.

The book, co-written by Phil Hadwen, John Smith, Peter White and Neil Wylie, looks at the resort's role in conflicts and its defence of the country over the past 2,000 years – from the Roman invasion to the Falklands War.

Its 192 pages include 350 photographs, maps and drawings, most never seen before, capturing the preparations for war, the town at war, and those who were sent to be part of its military operations.

It is available from bookshops in Felixstowe, and from the authors direct by calling 01394 285922.


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