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St Patrick’s Day memories from Ipswich and Colchester

PUBLISHED: 17:04 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 17 March 2017

Chorus girls at McGinty's Pub, Beacon Hill, Ipswich. March 1999

Chorus girls at McGinty's Pub, Beacon Hill, Ipswich. March 1999

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Whether you’re celebrating with a traditional Irish jig or getting in a round of Guinness, hundreds of people will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day across Suffolk tonight.

Traditional Irish dancers performing in Brannigans, Ipswich. March, 1999 Traditional Irish dancers performing in Brannigans, Ipswich. March, 1999

Decorations including shamrocks and Irish flags will certainly be aplenty in pubs and bars.

Molly Malones Irish pub in Colchester, March 1998 Molly Malones Irish pub in Colchester, March 1998

We’ve collated a selection of pictures from across Ipswich and Colchester from the last 25 years.

Do you recognise anyone in these pictures? Email our picture desk at suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk Do you recognise anyone in these pictures? Email our picture desk at suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk

St Patrick’s Day - a public holiday in Ireland - dates back to the early 17th Century and celebrates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

A St Patrick's Day dance in  March, 1997 A St Patrick's Day dance in March, 1997

One of the most famous celebrations worldwide for St Patrick’s day is the yearly dying of the Chicago River. The river is dyed bright green to commemorate the number of Irish people that migrated to Chicago in the early 20th Century.

Irish dancers in Brannigans club, Ipswich. March, 1999 Irish dancers in Brannigans club, Ipswich. March, 1999

Former Mayor of Ipswich, Albert Grant, getting into the spirit of St Patrick's Day with some Irish dancing at the Corn Exchange. March 1996 Former Mayor of Ipswich, Albert Grant, getting into the spirit of St Patrick's Day with some Irish dancing at the Corn Exchange. March 1996

Molly Malones Irish pub in Colchester, March 1998 Molly Malones Irish pub in Colchester, March 1998

The mayor of Ipswich celebrating St Patricks Day, March 1997 The mayor of Ipswich celebrating St Patricks Day, March 1997

A traditional Irish band playing on St Patrick's night, March 1997 A traditional Irish band playing on St Patrick's night, March 1997

St Patrick's night at the Corn Exchange, March 1995 St Patrick's night at the Corn Exchange, March 1995

Do you recognise anyone in these pictures?

To send us pictures of your celebrations from tonight, or to share your memories from the photographs pictured below, email our picture desk.

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