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Nostalgia: Looking back at the end of an era

17:03 09 October 2012

Sponsored abseil for the 1st Ipswich Cubs at Ipswich Hospital

Sponsored abseil for the 1st Ipswich Cubs at Ipswich Hospital


WE’VE hit the new millennium in the latest instalment of our chronological look through the Star’s picture archives.


Here we are remembering the year 2000 and hope that these pictures spark some happy memories.

From next week we’ll be going back in time again to 1963 and publishing a slice of life from that time.

Among our latest crop of pictures, see gallery above right, we have a Westbourne School reunion, a sponsored abseil at Ipswich Hospital, and Ipswich YMCA Rugby Club 75th anniversary celebration.

Rachel Sloane is pictured with members of the 13th and 26th Ipswich Guide companies in 2000 while Bertie Bassett was the star guest at the Felixstowe in Flower. There is a photo of 1st Ipswich Cubs doing a sponsored abseil at Ipswich Hospital; and another from the first birthday party at the children’s hospice as well as an end of appeal celebration at Ransomes Social Club.

In 200, Ipswich YMCA Rugby Club celebrated their 75th anniversary, Ipswich Railway Modellers’ Association held an exhibition and Felixstowe’s mayor joined the sponsored walk by Felixstowe area Guides along the prom and former pupils from Westbourne School held a reunion at the Westgate Ward Social Club.

Were you a part of any of these landmark celebrations? Share your memories with our readers.

Meanwhile, Star reader Sue Scotchmore, of Rushmere Road, Ipswich, has written in about a picture we published from 1995.

She writes: “Thank you for printing this picture, it brought back many happy memories and quite a few people have commented.

“The nurse wearing the hat is me, then Sister Sue Scotchmore. It was taken in 1995. The “powers that be” decided all nurses would stop wearing hats. There was no discussion. It is not a health and safety issue. I objected because I was proud to wear a hat and because I know the patients appreciated it.

“Shortly after this I stopped working as ward sister (now ward matron) and am now a staff nurse. The others were nurses on the ward. Left to right: Simone who works in a GP practice, Helen who works at the hospital, Norma retired and Evlene retired back home to St Kitts.”

If you have any memories you wish to share with Star readers, drop us a line to To buy a copy of one of these photos, select the myphotos24 link above left.



Police closed Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

A man has been taken to hospital after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a van.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service called to Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

Firefighters were called to help a young child who got their head trapped between two bollards.

The accident has closed the road

A lorry driver became trapped in his vehicle after it overturned on the A1071 at Hintlesham this afternoon.

Andrew Shemming, daughter Annabelle and their dog Puzzle

She’s called Puzzle, and it is hoped the lovable Labrador will live up to her name by solving some Suffolk mysteries.

Martlesham police investigation centre

Four men arrested following the armed robbery of a Felixstowe bookmaker’s shop will not be prosecuted, police have said.

A familiar sight this year. Roadworks at the junction of Handford Road and Portman Road in Ipswich.

Temporary traffic lights were back at the junction of Portman Road and Handford Road again today . . . for the 17th time since November last year.

Police cordon off Rose Lane after the incident

A man and a woman are due to appear in court after being accused of grievous bodily harm on a young man in Ipswich town centre.

All services through Colchester are affected

All train services travelling through Colchester are facing severe disruption after the fire alarm was activated in a signal box.

Carolyn winning the Suffolk New College make-up competition in 2002.

From Hadleigh to Hollywood, Carolyn Roper has brushed shoulders with acclaimed actors, sporting legends and pop superstars.

Ipswich Hospital on Heath Road, Ipswich.

Ipswich’s hospital had its busy day of the year yesterday for admissions.

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