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Throwback Thursday: Memories from December 1988

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 December 2017

Father Christmas ready to leave the Cornhill for the annual Rudolph Run

Father Christmas ready to leave the Cornhill for the annual Rudolph Run

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The presents have been opened and the last of the turkey eaten, but these pictures from December 1988 will hopefully help the festive spirit to continue.

Working on Christmas Day at Ipswich Hospital in 1988 Working on Christmas Day at Ipswich Hospital in 1988

Today’s gallery features some of the many doctors and nurses who worked at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day, as well as those who worked in the control rooms to answer emergency service calls.

The Mayor of Ipswich William A Quinton with Father Christmas and others ahead of the 1988 Rudolph Run The Mayor of Ipswich William A Quinton with Father Christmas and others ahead of the 1988 Rudolph Run

In the same month, the Mayor of Ipswich William A Quinton visited the town hall to send off Father Christmas, Rudolph and members of the Ipswich Roundtable in their annual tour across the town. The event has now been running for more than 40 years.

Control room staff monitoring the calls on Christmas Day in 1988 Control room staff monitoring the calls on Christmas Day in 1988

We also visited the Ipswich sorting office to capture pictures of the workers during their busiest time of year.

Staff at the Ipswich sorting office Staff at the Ipswich sorting office

To share your own memories and pictures with us from December 1988, or if you recognise yourself or someone you know, email our picture desk.

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