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Looking back to Felixstowe docks’ centenary celebrations in 1986

PUBLISHED: 15:42 11 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:42 11 December 2019

Some horse and carriages escorted the people in Victorian dress in 1986  Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Some horse and carriages escorted the people in Victorian dress in 1986 Picture: DAVID KINDRED

David Kindred

We take a horse and carriage back to a Victorian-style celebration at Felixstowe docks in 1986 - to mark 100 years of its opening.

A step back in time at Felixstowe docks, celebrating 100 years of the docks. Felixstowe docks is now one of the biggest ports in Europe.  Picture: DAVID KINDREDA step back in time at Felixstowe docks, celebrating 100 years of the docks. Felixstowe docks is now one of the biggest ports in Europe. Picture: DAVID KINDRED

The mayor of Felixstowe arrived at the docks, alongside others who attended the event, all dressed in Victorian clothing - with their umbrellas at the ready, given it was a rainy day in March.

The huge cranes in the background at Felixstowe docks, used to unload container ships. A horse and carriage pulls up  Picture: DAVID KINDREDThe huge cranes in the background at Felixstowe docks, used to unload container ships. A horse and carriage pulls up Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Some planks of wood being manoeuvred off the boat at Felixstowe docks  Picture: DAVID KINDREDSome planks of wood being manoeuvred off the boat at Felixstowe docks Picture: DAVID KINDRED

The Mayor of Felixstowe unveils the Centenary plaque at the docks  Picture: DAVID KINDREDThe Mayor of Felixstowe unveils the Centenary plaque at the docks Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Umberellas were at the ready on a rainy day in March, as they celebrated the Felixstowe dock Centenary Picture: DAVID KINDREDUmberellas were at the ready on a rainy day in March, as they celebrated the Felixstowe dock Centenary Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Horse and carriages arrived on the docks to collect the people at the celebration and a plaque was unveiled by the mayor to commemorate the centenary.

People gather in Victorian dress at Felixstowe docks for the Centenary celebration in 1986  Picture: DAVID KINDREDPeople gather in Victorian dress at Felixstowe docks for the Centenary celebration in 1986 Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Meanwhile planks of wood were being unloaded off a boat by a group of men dressed in period clothing.

Felixstowe docks has grown significantly over the years to become one of the largest ports in the UK and Europe.

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