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Did you visit Father Christmas at the Ipswich Buttermarket in 2000?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 December 2017

Crowds of people lined the streets to welcome Father Christmas at the Buttermarket in 2000

Crowds of people lined the streets to welcome Father Christmas at the Buttermarket in 2000

Archant

In 2000, crowds of people came to see Father Christmas and his reindeer arrive at the Buttermarket.

Dogs Head Street was bustling with peopleDogs Head Street was bustling with people

People young and old lined the roadside as the big man in red travelled along Dogs Head Street in Ipswich, past the former Pals nightclub - now Revolution - to the Buttermarket in his sleigh.

The Ipswich Sea Cadets lead Father Christmas to the ButtermarketThe Ipswich Sea Cadets lead Father Christmas to the Buttermarket

It was a fun affair for all the family, with a parade headed by the Ipswich Sea Cadets adding to the atmosphere.

The parade added to the festive feelThe parade added to the festive feel

The procession led Father Christmas to his destination, where he met with hundreds of children all wanting to put in their present requests ahead of the big day.

Real reindeer made an appearanceReal reindeer made an appearance

This year, the Buttermarket shopping centre celebrated its 25th birthday, having first opened its doors to the public on October 1, 1992.

A number of local children met with Father ChristmasA number of local children met with Father Christmas

Were you one of the children who lined the streets that day? Do you remember meeting Father Christmas at the Buttermarket in 2000?

Outside the Buttermarket, which now hosts a different entranceOutside the Buttermarket, which now hosts a different entrance

To share you own pictures and memories with us, email suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk

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