Days Gone By: Rescue helicopter out over Felixstowefor RNLI day

Boats all gather to celebrate RNLI day. Picture: JOHN KERR

Boats all gather to celebrate RNLI day. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: JOHN KERR

In June 1981 Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club hosted the action-packed RNLI day with rescue displays and a pram race to enertain crowds.

Hundreds are out at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club to watch the festivities. Picture: JOHN KERR

Hundreds are out at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club to watch the festivities. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: JOHN KERR

Sailors, volunteers and the local community turned out to support the RNLI crew, who have saved hundreds of lives off the Felixstowe coast over the years.

Part of the fun at the RNLI Day was a pram race around the area. Picture: JOHN KERR

Part of the fun at the RNLI Day was a pram race around the area. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: JOHN KERR

To kick off the festivities, crew members staged a rescue demonstration involving their boat as well as rescue helicopters to show the difficult conditions they operate under.

RNLI helicopters out putting on a displays out over the water. Picture: JOHN KERR

RNLI helicopters out putting on a displays out over the water. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: JOHN KERR

Crowds lined the seafront, watching on as the dramatic scene unfolded before them.

Just one of the many boats out to celebrate RNLI Day. Picture: JOHN KERR

Just one of the many boats out to celebrate RNLI Day. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: JOHN KERR

But the action wasn’t just out on the water – some revellers turned up with prams and went head to head against in a traditional pram race.

One of the competitiors in the pram race. Picture: JOHN KERR

One of the competitiors in the pram race. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: JOHN KERR


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Do you remember the RNLI day held at Felixstowe Ferry back in 1981?

The start to a competitive pram race. Picture: JOHN KERR

The start to a competitive pram race. Picture: JOHN KERR - Credit: JOHN KERR

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