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Days Gone By: Mannings Amusements opening for a new season in 1982

PUBLISHED: 05:00 30 July 2018

Some of the rides at Mannings  Picture: OWEN HINES

Some of the rides at Mannings Picture: OWEN HINES

Mannings Amusements has been a popular destination with visitors to Felixstowe seafront for decades and to this day it continues to draw in crowds either escaping the rain or seeking respite from the sun.

Children waiting to ride the rollercoaster  Picture: OWEN HINESChildren waiting to ride the rollercoaster Picture: OWEN HINES

Opened back in 1933, the attraction was built by Sir Billy Butlin and it became one of the holiday camp owners early resorts.

The outside of Mannings amusements  Picture: OWEN HINESThe outside of Mannings amusements Picture: OWEN HINES

Current owners the Mannings took over management in 1946 and it has been in the family ever since.

Mannings had a marching band for the opening of the park for the season  Picture: OWEN HINESMannings had a marching band for the opening of the park for the season Picture: OWEN HINES

• The funeral procession of Charlie Manning passes through amusements

Mixed reactions to riding the rollercoaster  Picture: OWEN HINESMixed reactions to riding the rollercoaster Picture: OWEN HINES

Over the years the attraction has changed and evolved dramatically. When it first opened there was a man-made boating lake with an island in the middle that was home to monkeys, and visitors were able to row round the island.

Children enjoying the spinning swings ride  Picture: OWEN HINESChildren enjoying the spinning swings ride Picture: OWEN HINES

Each year Manning’s would celebrate the first day of the season with a free ride day and there were famously queues of excited children running through the gates to take advantage.

Children waiting to get into the park  Picture: OWEN HINESChildren waiting to get into the park Picture: OWEN HINES

Here we share pictures of the opening day of 1982 season, with marching bands performing out the front and guests enjoying all the rides on offer.

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