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Felixstowe: Key events announced to celebrate air base milestone

PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 March 2013

The Titan crane, used for lifting aircraft in and out of the water, dominated Harwich Harbour int he days of RAF Felixstowe.

The Titan crane, used for lifting aircraft in and out of the water, dominated Harwich Harbour int he days of RAF Felixstowe.

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MORE details have been announced today of how Felixstowe will this year celebrate the 100th anniversary of its former air base.

Organisers have decided to call the event Wings on Waves and have announced that it will be celebrated on Sunday, August 4.

Events on the day will include:

■ 11am - Church service at St John’s Church, Orwell Road.

■ 12.30pm – Parade from the Spa Pavilion to the steps of Felixstowe Town Hall.

■ 3pm – Air Display, weather permitting, over the sea, opposite the Town Hall.

A spokeswoman for the town council said: “Everyone is invited to watch the parade from Undercliff Road West or the promenade or Wolsey Gardens.”

Sponsors are currently being sought to help with the cost of the air display.

The town council has agreed to underwrite the event to £6,000.

It is hoped the Science Museum will loan the Schneider Trophy – a worldwide high-speed race challenge which was won by crews from RAF Felixstowe three times – for the weekend so it can be put on public display.

A Naval Aviation Exhibition is also being held at the Felixstowe Museum from March 31 to October 27 as part of the anniversary celebrations.

The RAF, which was given the Freedom of Felixstowe in 1958, had its base where the town’s container terminal stands today and was world famous for the testing of seaplanes and flying boats. The last of its hangars was demolished to make way for the port’s most recent development.

■ To find out more about sponsoring part of the air display, contact Celia Page on 01394 282086.


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