Did you attend Northgate Grammar School for Boys when the Royal Navy visited in 1974?

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display - Credit: Archant

It’s not every day that the Royal Navy visits your school by helicopter, but in 1974 the field at Northgate Grammar School for Boys in Ipswich was temporarily turned into a helipad and a stage for an aerial display.

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display - Credit: Archant

Pupils took time out of their lessons to watch the display from their special guests and lined the field as the aircraft flew in.

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display - Credit: Archant

The helicopter was a Wessex MK5, a utility helicopter used for search and rescue missions, among other duties, and was initially produced for the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force (RAF). It was introduced in 1961 and spent 40 years in operation before being decommissioned in Britain.

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display - Credit: Archant

The Navy demonstrated how the helicopter was used during a rescue mission, as these pictures show, as the crowds of pupils watch in amazement.

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display - Credit: Archant

Were you at Northgate Grammar School for Boys when the Navy visited? Share your memories with us by emailing us here.

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display - Credit: Archant

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display

Pupils gathered on the school grounds to watch the display - Credit: Archant

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