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Days Gone By: Looking back at February 1998 for this week’s Throwback Thursday

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 February 2018

Protesters march through Ipswich town centre in opposition against increased student tuition fees

Protesters march through Ipswich town centre in opposition against increased student tuition fees

Student protests, a famous East Anglian derby match at Portman Road and giants on the Cornhill all feature in this week’s Throwback Thursday from February 1998.

Students and local residents march through the town in a show against increased tuition fees Students and local residents march through the town in a show against increased tuition fees

We kick off this week’s Throwback Thursday gallery with a protest against incoming tuition fees that were about to be passed into law.

Alex Mathie celebrates his first goal of a hat-trick against Norwich in the famous 5-0 win back in 1998 Alex Mathie celebrates his first goal of a hat-trick against Norwich in the famous 5-0 win back in 1998

Students due to start university in the autumn term would have been the first to pay the fees and were among the ranks in the march.

Celebrations after Ipswich Town's 5-0 win over Norwich in February 1998 Celebrations after Ipswich Town's 5-0 win over Norwich in February 1998

February 1998 also played host to one of the most famous East Anglian derby days thanks to Alex Mathie.

Damage was caused to facilities around the Portman Road stadium after Ipswich beat Norwich 5-0 in the derby Damage was caused to facilities around the Portman Road stadium after Ipswich beat Norwich 5-0 in the derby

The infamous derby finished with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Norwich City at Portman Road - although some chaos among the celebrations led to facilities being damaged around Ipswich’s home ground.

Students at Holywells High School learn about the bad effects smoking can have Students at Holywells High School learn about the bad effects smoking can have

Students at Holywells High School got a first hand look at the effects of smoking when, in their science class, a piece of equipment was set up to show the negative effects it can have.

Giants descend on the Cornhill for Valentine's Day Giants descend on the Cornhill for Valentine's Day

Finally, February 1998 saw giants descend on the town’s Cornhill for a fun fair to mark Valentine’s Day.

To share your own pictures and memories with us from February 1998, or to name someone pictured in this gallery, email our picture desk.

Hosting a barbeque or grabbing a cool pint in the local pub for the England game tomorrow? Check here to see how warm it will be where you are.

Shoppers have expressed shock after plans to shut to a “struggling” East of England Co-op store in Ipswich were announced.

Thousands of the region’s bravest swimmers donned their wetsuits and took the plunge at the Great East Swim when it returned to Suffolk today.

From a tribute music festival to a muddy obstacle course – there are plenty of events for people to enjoy across Suffolk and north Essex this weekend.

Thousands of runners dressed in pink are expected to descend on Trinity Park near Ipswich this weekend to play their part in the fight against cancer.

Essex Police says it is “very concerned” for the welfare of two missing young people – who are believed to be together in the Colchester area.

Four people arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a man in Chelmsford yesterday have been released.

Rail services between Ipswich and Cambridge are returning to normal after a freight train broke down at Bury St Edmunds this morning.

A special baton relay will arrive on the Suffolk coast on Monday as part of celebrations to mark the centenary of the formation of the RAF.

The coast of California USA and Fore Street, Ipswich swimming pool are worlds apart in several ways, but for former Ipswich lady, Karen Quezada, nee Spanner, who now lives in California, the little Victorian built pool in Ipswich holds a special place in her heart.

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