Do you remember the family fun days at the Emperor Inn in Norwich Road, Ipswich?

A new sign was unveiled at the The Emperor, Ipswich in 2013

A new sign was unveiled at the The Emperor, Ipswich in 2013 - Credit: Archant

The original Tolly Cobbold lettering can still be seen on the front of what is now a Tesco Express store in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

A band plays live at the Emperor Inn in August 1995

A band plays live at the Emperor Inn in August 1995 - Credit: Archant

Prior to the supermarket chain takeover, the Edwardian building at 293 Norwich Road had housed a pub.

Staff and customers of the Emperor Inn gather to give money to the Evening Star's Christmas tree app

Staff and customers of the Emperor Inn gather to give money to the Evening Star's Christmas tree appeal in November 1996 - Credit: Archant

The pub dated back 1843 and was known by various monikers over the years including The Maypole, The Rose & Crown and then, in latter years, The Emperor Inn.

The Emperor Inn raising and giving money in December 1997

The Emperor Inn raising and giving money in December 1997 - Credit: Archant

The Emperor sign is now covered by Tesco banners but the Tolly Cobbold lettering has been retained - similar to the lettering sen at Felixstowe Ferry and Needham Market.

Packed out pub garden as the Emperor Inn held their annual fun day in August 1996

Packed out pub garden as the Emperor Inn held their annual fun day in August 1996 - Credit: Archant

In recent memory, The Emperor was a popular family pub, hosting summer fun days and live bands.

Packed out pub garden as the Emperor Inn held their annual fun day in August 1996

Packed out pub garden as the Emperor Inn held their annual fun day in August 1996 - Credit: Archant

The pub was closed by owners Punch Taverns in 2013 and reopened as a Tesco Express store, much to the disgruntlement of former regulars who had campaigned to retain it as a community asset.

Packed out pub garden as the Emperor Inn held their annual fun day in August 1996

Packed out pub garden as the Emperor Inn held their annual fun day in August 1996 - Credit: Archant

Here we look back at the golden years of the Emperor Inn, on a nostalgic trip to your former local pub.

Fun for all ages as the Emperor Inn held their annual fun day in September 1994

Fun for all ages as the Emperor Inn held their annual fun day in September 1994 - Credit: Archant

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Live music was always a feature of the Emperor Inn's annual fun day. This was taken in 1994

Live music was always a feature of the Emperor Inn's annual fun day. This was taken in 1994 - Credit: Archant

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