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Floating along to Ipswich Carnival - What are your memories from the 1970s, 80s and 90s?

PUBLISHED: 14:55 12 May 2020

Handford Hall Primary School staff dressed as characters from Narnia in preparation for Ipswich Carnival, August 1995 Picture: ARCHANT

Handford Hall Primary School staff dressed as characters from Narnia in preparation for Ipswich Carnival, August 1995 Picture: ARCHANT

What are your memories of Ipswich Carnival over the years?

Were you on this float at Ipswich Carnival in August 1981? Picture: DAVID KINDREDWere you on this float at Ipswich Carnival in August 1981? Picture: DAVID KINDRED

The event was a hugely popular annual fixture for many years, with hundreds turning out to cheer on the procession, before joining in the activities at Christchurch Park.

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All smiles for the camera at Ipswich Carnival in August 1986

 Picture: ARCHANTStar Memories All smiles for the camera at Ipswich Carnival in August 1986 Picture: ARCHANT

A different theme was set each year. The 1983 carnival took a floral theme, with many people dressing as flowers, while others decorated their floats in the style of a garden party.

One of the floats at Ipswich Carnival in August 1983 Picture: ARCHANTOne of the floats at Ipswich Carnival in August 1983 Picture: ARCHANT

And in 1995 the carnival gained a touch of magic, with staff and pupils from Handford Hall Primary School wearing some spectacular Narnia costumes.

Ipswich Carnival Ipswich Carnival "Oklahoma" float in September 1973 Picture: ARCHANT

Local drama companies also publicised their shows, with the cast of a production of classic musical Oklahoma taking part in full costume in 1973.

Ipswich Carnival in 1973. Picture: ARCHANTIpswich Carnival in 1973. Picture: ARCHANT

To share your memories of Ipswich Carnival, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk To order copies of photos, visit www.eadt.co.uk/myphotos24, or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.

Young pirates enjoying themselves at Ipswich Carnival in August 1981. Picture: ARCHANTYoung pirates enjoying themselves at Ipswich Carnival in August 1981. Picture: ARCHANT

An Arabian Float at the Ipswich Carnival in 1989 Picture: ARCHANTAn Arabian Float at the Ipswich Carnival in 1989 Picture: ARCHANT

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