WE’RE racing through the sixties now as we take a look back through the Star’s picture archives.

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Today we are remembering the year 1966 and hope that these pictures spark some happy memories.

Our latest images, see gallery above right, show a keep fit session at the Baths Hall, Ipswich, in May of that year, a concert at Thurleston School’s open evening and, children at the Toy Service in Ipswich in December.

We also have a photo of the headmistress and pupils at St John’s School, Ipswich, in May 1966, Felixstowe Riding School members practising for their Suffolk Show display, Tower Ramparts School handing over a model of traffic lights to police in July 1966 and the first day back at school for pupils at St Margaret’s C of E School, Ipswich, in September. Do you recognsie any of these photos?

We’re always happy to hear your recollections from days gone by and the latest has come in from long-time Star reader Steve Page who saw himself in a picture from 1964 we printed recently.

He writes: “As an avid reader of the Evening Star, whoops, the Ipswich Star, for over 60 years, I was surprised and delighted to see a photo of myself, in disguise, in your delightful Photographic Memories of Tuesday, October 23.

“I was the Sultan of Renbharia, a play on Bahrain, the Gulf State. I arrived in an opened-topped sports car, I believe, escorted by a number of outriders from the school and youth club.

“It was a fun day, with tremendous support from parents and pupils of Chantry. I can recall that I was identified by a pupil, who noticed my bruised/black big toenail, (football boots too tight!) through my sandals.

“She spotted it because during the week I had been teaching swimming at St Matthew’s.

“I believe on another of the fete days we had the genuine James Bond car.

“A local lad, ex-grammar school boy from Northgate, opened the fete another year. He was the star of Play Away and Watch with Mother, Brian Cant.

“Those were the days, pre technology, when you got your pennies back by pressing button B; used logarithms, no calculators or computers then; footballs had laces; ink wells were in the school desks and pens had nibs, etc. And what did the naughty pupils put into the ink wells to make an evil smell?

“Were they really the ‘good old days?’

“And finally, is the lad in the bottom left corner of the photograph Michael Goldrick?

“Keep up the good work, Sharon.”

Many thanks for the letter, Steve, and, as ever, if you have any memories you wish to share with Star readers, drop us a line at the addresses below and we’ll feature your contributions at a later date.

To share your memories email starnews@archant.co.uk or to buy a copy, click on the myphotos24 link on the left-hand panel.

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