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Days Gone By - Memories of Christchurch Park events over the decades

PUBLISHED: 14:30 18 May 2020

The boys brigade lined up in uniform at Christchurch park in 1974  Picture: IVAN SMITH

The boys brigade lined up in uniform at Christchurch park in 1974 Picture: IVAN SMITH

Ivan Smith

From fetes to a mock battle, Christchurch Park has staged a huge number of events over the years, as our latest photo gallery shows.

Did you participate in the 'Battle of Hastings' re-enactment in Christchurch Park?  Picture: OWEN HINESDid you participate in the 'Battle of Hastings' re-enactment in Christchurch Park? Picture: OWEN HINES

We have put together a selection of photos from the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

The Felixstowe Debenaires Performing in formation in Christchurch Park  Picture: ARCHANTThe Felixstowe Debenaires Performing in formation in Christchurch Park Picture: ARCHANT

The famous park has staged a host of events since it was opened in 1895, becoming the first public park in Suffolk’s county town.

Did you go to the fete in Christchurch Park in 1986? Picture: ARCHANTDid you go to the fete in Christchurch Park in 1986? Picture: ARCHANT

Its mix of rolling lawns and woodland, surrounding Christchurch Mansion, provide a perfect backdrop for fetes and fairs, as well rallies by organisations like the Boys Brigade.

Some of the rides on offer at the Ipswich Co-op fete at Christchurch Park, 1978. Picture: PAUL NIXON / ARCHANTSome of the rides on offer at the Ipswich Co-op fete at Christchurch Park, 1978. Picture: PAUL NIXON / ARCHANT

One unusual event was a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings in 1985, where youngsters did battle with cardboard swords and shields.

Sledding down the hills at Christchurch Park is a must when it snows  Picture: DAVID KINDREDSledding down the hills at Christchurch Park is a must when it snows Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Of course, as well as being in demand over the summer, the park’s slopes are great place for sledding in winter.

A group of ladies dressed in traditional uniforms selling cakes and snacks to the people of Ipswich in Christchurch park  Picture: DAVID KINDREDA group of ladies dressed in traditional uniforms selling cakes and snacks to the people of Ipswich in Christchurch park Picture: DAVID KINDRED

What are your memories of visits to Christchurch Park? Email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk To order copies of these photos, visit www.eadt.co.uk/myphotos24, or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.

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