It has been more than 50 years since a popular English rock band gave an unforgettable gig in Suffolk.

Slade, formed in Wolverhampton in 1966, performed around the county, including a concert at Felixstowe’s Pier Pavilion in 1972.

They also performed at the Gaumont Theatre, now Regent Theatre, in Ipswich in 1977.

In the Ipswich Remembers Facebook group, gig goers have been sharing their memories after Bart Burton shared the group's tour poster. 

Ipswich Star: Slade poster, Slade/Bart BartonSlade poster, Slade/Bart Barton (Image: Slade/Bart Barton)

For many, the band's 1973 smash hit Merry Xmas Everybody remains a part of the Christmas playlist ever year. 

Slade also had five other songs that reached the top spot: Coz I Luv You, Take Me Bak ‘Ome, Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Cum on Feel the Noise and Skweeze Me Pleeze Me. 

The band is also known as The N'Betweens, Ambrose Slade, The Slade and Slade II. 

Its original members are Jim Lea, Don Powell, Noddy Holder, and Dave Hill. 

Slade moved to the US in 1975 to break into the American market, although the band did not succeed as well as it did in the UK. 

During the late 1970s, the band returned to the UK, however, their popularity in the UK waned. 

Slade returned to its former glory in 1980, when they were last-minute replacements for Ozzy Osbourne at the Reading Rock Festival. 

The original line-up split in the early 1990s but reformed later in the year. 

The band has continued, with a number of line-up changes to the present day.  

Most recently, Slade performed in Bury St Edmunds in 2018 and in 2021.

According to the 1999 BBC documentary ‘It's Slade’, the band has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.