Live Music at Felixstowe Ferry

As part of their ongoing fund-raising programme Felixstowe Coastwatch will be putting on ‘Live at the Ferry’ at the Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club on Saturday, 16th May.

An evening of live music will start at 7.45pm, with Cats in the Kitchen, a Chelmsford based soft rock band. Since 2010 they have released two CDs and will be playing covers and a selection of their own songs.

After the interval, In Tandem will take to the stage. A three piece Felixstowe based folk band, which includes Coastwatch watchkeeper Ian Clarke, on guitar. They will be playing traditional and contemporary folk songs along with some of their own material. They regularly play at open mic nights around Suffolk.

Tickets are priced at £5 per person and there will be a bar available. All the profits will go to Felixstowe Coastwatch. Tickets can be obtained from either Alan Peck (tel. 01473 251171) or Martyn Lloyd (tel. 01394 283589).

Coastwatch continuously need to raise money to operate and maintain their lookout station on top of the Martello tower at the Manor end of the seafront however there are also aims to build a sub-station that would overlook the entrance to the River Deben. The approaches to Felixstowe Ferry are notoriously dangerous with shallow waters and very rapid currents. This second lookout station is currently at the design and approval stage, with many hurdles to overcome before it can be built.

Providing all the hurdles can be jumped, this live music night will spearhead a major fundraising campaign. Senior Watchkeeper Alan Peck stated that it would be the most costly exercise they have ever undertaken however if a new sub-station saved just one life it would be worthwhile. The aim would be to watch over the many boats and pleasure craft operating in this area and to liaise with the Coastguard and RNLI in the event of an incident. Alan said that a simple engine failure can rapidly lead to serious trouble in this area.

In the past Felixstowe Coastwatch have only had enough volunteer members to operate at weekends, public holidays and during the school summer holidays. A significant increase in volunteers over the past two years means that with effect from May 2015 they will begin a seven days a week operation. Alan said that in the event of the proposed new sub-station going ahead they would need to undertake a significant new recruiting campaign later this year.

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