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Days Gone By - Did you attend Britannia Primary School in 1977?

PUBLISHED: 10:49 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 21 April 2017

A race on the school playing field at Britannia Road Primary School in 1977.

A race on the school playing field at Britannia Road Primary School in 1977.

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Were you a pupil at Britannia Road, Primary School, Ipswich, 40 years ago? asks David Kindred.

Boys line up to practice their bowling at Britannia Road, School, Ipswich, in 1977.Boys line up to practice their bowling at Britannia Road, School, Ipswich, in 1977.

Were you a pupil at Britannia Road, Primary School, Ipswich, 40 years ago? asks David Kindred.

A swimming lesson at Britannia Road, School, Ipswich, in 1977.A swimming lesson at Britannia Road, School, Ipswich, in 1977.

Are you one of the boys in the art and craft lesson at Britannia Road, School, Ipswich, in 1977?Are you one of the boys in the art and craft lesson at Britannia Road, School, Ipswich, in 1977?

A set of photographs, I took in July 1977, capture a typical school day for a group of people who are now approaching their 50th birthday.

A lesson at Britannia Road Primary School, Ipswich, in July 1977.A lesson at Britannia Road Primary School, Ipswich, in July 1977.

Britannia Road Primary School, Ipswich, as it was in 1977.Britannia Road Primary School, Ipswich, as it was in 1977.

The photographs of boys with long hair and in flared trousers will cause a few smiles for some!

A busy day at the Britannia Road Primary SchoolÕs swimming pool in 1977.A busy day at the Britannia Road Primary SchoolÕs swimming pool in 1977.

A busy day at the Britannia Road Primary SchoolÕs swimming pool in 1977.A busy day at the Britannia Road Primary SchoolÕs swimming pool in 1977.

Also featured are swimming and sports lessons, art and crafts and a chance to “let off steam” at playtime.

Playtime at Britannia Road School, Ipswich, in 1977.Playtime at Britannia Road School, Ipswich, in 1977.

Playtime at Britannia Road School, Ipswich, in 1977.Playtime at Britannia Road School, Ipswich, in 1977.

Do you recognise yourself or any of your school friends from four decades ago?


Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or send an e-mail with your memories.

3 comments

  • It was nice to see Britannia Road school in your photos. Left there in 1942 to go to Copleston Road school. It was a good school and I enjoyed my time there during the war years. Can remember one day having to go to the shelters because of a raid. It seems we were in there for hours. It reached lunch time and all was quiet so the Head and teachers decided to let the children who lived close to run home. I lived on Britannia Road near Spring Road and can remember running all the way home hoping that the enemy didn't decided to come flying over at that moment. It was pretty scary.

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    Doreen Curtis

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • I'm in lane two of the running picture along with a load of my classmates. I remember being pretty pleased about being in the Evening Star and we bought a print from the offices at the time. I can name many in the race picture but don't recognise anybody in the others so I guess the photographer did a quick spin around the school during one lesson. Great to see those images - thank-you.

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    Paul Chisnall

    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • I left Britannia in 1977. The photos taken at playtime were probably taken on the Friday before the Queen's visit to Ipswich the following week, when we all got a day off school. That particular Friday was a non-uniform day and the pupils took part in dancing displays on the playing field. After the dancing we sat down to tea in the junior school playground. The food had been set out some time before and it had been a warm day; by the time we sat down to tea the sandwiches were like toast. I have some fond memories of the school and its teachers, particularly Mr Woodward who was my teacher from 76-77. The other pupils in your year would be jealous if Mr Woodward was your teacher. The headteacher was Mr Taylor and he was excellent; if he ever came on to the playground at playtime he'd be mobbed by the pupils. I have fond memories of my time at Britannia but not so fond memories of the "fashions" of that time.

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    Suffolk Exile

    Friday, April 21, 2017

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