Pulling together - are you in our nostalgic tug-of-war photo gallery?

A Boxing Day tug of war competition in Woodbridge in 1976

A Boxing Day tug of war competition in Woodbridge in 1976 - Credit: Archant

Have you ever joined in a tug of war at a fete or fair?

A tug of war at team at the Lions Club Fun Day in Bury St Edmunds in May 1989

A tug of war at team at the Lions Club Fun Day in Bury St Edmunds in May 1989 - Credit: Archant

If so, you'll know just how much effort it takes for everyone to pull together - and how likely you are to end up with sore hands.

A tug of war at Woodbridge Regatta in 1979

A tug of war at Woodbridge Regatta in 1979 - Credit: Archant

You are also extremely likely to end up lying on the ground, which at countryside events in particular can often mean getting covered in mud.

Teams faced off in a tug of war competition at Bacton Horticultural Show and Fete in August 1978

Teams faced off in a tug of war competition at Bacton Horticultural Show and Fete in August 1978 - Credit: Archant

In today's Days Gone By we are looking back at tug-of-war contests around Suffolk during the 1970s and 80s. Can you spot yourself or anyone you know taking part?

A tug of war at Ipswich Co-op Fete in 1975

Teams of eight competed in a tug of war contest at Ipswich Co-op Fete in 1975 - Credit: Archant

The sport is believed to date back 4,000 years, and was known in ancient Egypt and Greece before being taken up by British sailors in the 19th century.

Intense action in a tug of war at Ipswich Co-op fete in 1975

Intense action in a tug of war at Ipswich Co-op fete in 1975 - Credit: Richard Snasdell/Archant

It was also an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1920, but was then dropped from the Games.

Trimley St Martin women's team winning the May Day tug of war competition in 1978

Trimley St Martin women's team winning the May Day tug of war competition in 1978 - Credit: Archant

Boys competing in a tug of war at the South Suffolk Show

Boys competing in a tug of war at the South Suffolk Show - Credit: Andy Abbott/Archant

If these photos bring back memories, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk

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