Stunning pictures capture Christmas in Ipswich over the last 60 years
PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 December 2019 | UPDATED: 12:18 24 December 2019
Christmas in Ipswich is never dull – from the relatively new ‘real’ tree on the Cornhill to the striking bauble offering on the Waterfront, there is something for everyone.
But over the years, the way people living in the town celebrate the big day - and the run up to it - has changed.
This gallery explores photographs in our archives from years gone by.
Back in 1963, the Cornhill was not yet pedestrianised and so classic cars are parked in the main shopping district.
Grimwades and the Golden Lion Hotel, which have both since closed, can be seen in the background.
Christmas lights used over the decades have also evolved - with more colourful designs featuring in older pictures and brighter, more complex patterns used today.
The artificial bauble tree - which lights up in various different colours - had its heyday on the Cornhill in the early 2010s, with the real tree arriving in 2017, after a long-fought campaign to bring it back.
Christmas also wouldn't be the same without the annual Co-op Juniors performance, which have drawn in huge crowds over the decades and remain a festive staple for many to this day.
Shops which have since disappeared from the town centre also appear in our gallery - you should be able to spot big names such as the Co-op, Next and British Home Stores.
Earlier photographs, from the 1960s, show even older firms such as Cowells and Watney's Ales.
- Have you celebrated Christmas in Ipswich in years gone by? Send your photographs and thoughts to us via email, or comment below.
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