All the fun of the fair - which rides did you love over the years?

Children enjoying rides on the Cornhill in Ipswich in 1997

Children enjoying rides on the Cornhill in Ipswich in 1997 - Credit: Archant

From roundabouts to candy floss, funfairs are a much-loved part of most people's childhood.

A roundabout at the steam fair in Felixstowe in April 1992

A roundabout at the steam fair in Felixstowe in April 1992 - Credit: Archant

And many adults have also enjoyed the thrills of the various rides, especially roller-coasters, and the challenges of the sideshows, from coconut shy to tombola, over the years.

Fun of the fair at the Great Leighs Show

Fun of the fair at the Great Leighs Show in 1975 - Credit: Archant

Can you spot yourself or any of your friends and family in these photos of funfairs around Suffolk and Essex?

Fun of the fair at USAF Lakenheath open day in June 1982

Fun of the fair at USAF Lakenheath open day in June 1982 - Credit: Archant

Our latest Days Gone By gallery features a selection of events in the area from the 1970s through to the 2000s.

Ipswich Hospital Radio funfair in 1982

Ipswich Hospital Radio funfair in 1982 - Credit: Archant

What are your memories of fairs and fairgrounds? And do you have a favourite ride, which you can't wait to try again once these events can go ahead after coronavirus lockdown restrictions end?

A touring funfair in Felixstowe in 2008

A touring funfair in Felixstowe in 2008 - Credit: Jerry Turner/Archant

Share your memories by emailing judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk

To order copies of photos, visit our website or call Diane Townsend on  01603 772449. 

All the fun of the fair at Leiston Gala in 2004

All the fun of the fair at Leiston Gala in 2004 - Credit: Owen Hines/Archant

A touring funfair in Felixstowe in 2008

A touring funfair in Felixstowe in 2008 - Credit: Jerry Turner/Archant


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