Summertime memories from Felixstowe and Clacton beaches

Paddling on Felixstowe beach, 1985

Paddling on Felixstowe beach, 1985 - Credit: Archant

Nothing says summertime like a day on the Suffolk or Essex coast with an ice cream and a paper packet of chips.

Walking on the prom

Walking on the prom - Credit: Archant

School is out for the summer, which means that hundreds of families will be flocking to Felixstowe and Clacton to enjoy a day by the sea.

Sunshine drew in the crowds to Clacton beach in 1967

Sunshine drew in the crowds to Clacton beach in 1967 - Credit: Archant

We may no longer have our fish and chips wrapped in newspaper, deck chairs in abundance or guaranteed August sunshine, but we do still have a glorious coastline to be enjoyed by the masses.

Paddling on Felixstowe beach, 1985

Paddling on Felixstowe beach, 1985 - Credit: Archant

It is a favourite past time which stems the generations, as these pictures taken from our archives show.

Paddling on Felixstowe beach, 1985

Paddling on Felixstowe beach, 1985 - Credit: Archant

People of all ages can be seen enjoying the hot summer weather on Clacton beach in 1967 and 1979 and on Felixstowe beach in 1985.

Paddling on Clacton beach, 1979

Paddling on Clacton beach, 1979 - Credit: Archant

This year, visitors to Felixstowe can enjoy the revamped pier, which reopened last weekend after almost a year of closure.

Dipping toes into the sea at Felixstowe, 1970

Dipping toes into the sea at Felixstowe, 1970 - Credit: Archant

To share your memories of summer on the beach, email our picture desk.

Paddling on Felixstowe beach, 1985

Paddling on Felixstowe beach, 1985 - Credit: Archant

Paddling on Felixstowe beach, 1985

Paddling on Felixstowe beach, 1985 - Credit: Archant

Enjoying the sunshine in 1979 at Clacton beach

Enjoying the sunshine in 1979 at Clacton beach - Credit: Archant

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