All the fun of the fair at Manning’s Amusements open day in Felixstowe, 1997

Queues waiting to enter the amusments in 1997

Queues waiting to enter the amusments in 1997 - Credit: Archant

An open day at Manning’s Amusements in Felixstowe promised to be a fun affair for children of all ages to enjoy in 1997.

There were plenty of things to do at the open day in 1997

There were plenty of things to do at the open day in 1997 - Credit: Archant

The event attracted hundreds of children to the seafront venue.

A number of rides were on offer

A number of rides were on offer - Credit: Archant

We delved into our archives and found pictures captured by one of our photographers on the day, which show children having fun on the rides, bumper cars and the many other attractions on offer.

Do you remember speeding down this slide as a youngster?

Do you remember speeding down this slide as a youngster? - Credit: Archant

The funfair at Manning’s Amusement Park in Felixstowe launched in 1933 and was built by Sir Billy Butlin.

Can you name these two enjoying the dodgems?

Can you name these two enjoying the dodgems? - Credit: Archant

It has been owned and managed by the Mannings family since 1946.

The dodgems proved a popular attraction

The dodgems proved a popular attraction - Credit: Archant


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The brightly-coloured amusements building is still open today, with funfair rides and a thriving Sunday market all year round.

Were you among the people who went to the open day in 1997?

Were you among the people who went to the open day in 1997? - Credit: Archant

Can you spot yourself or anyone you know in these pictures from our archives? Email our picture desk.

There was lots of fun to be had, as the enjoyment on this girl's face shows

There was lots of fun to be had, as the enjoyment on this girl's face shows - Credit: Archant

Having a blast at the open day in 1997

Having a blast at the open day in 1997 - Credit: Archant

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