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PUBLISHED: 18:58 17 November 2020 | UPDATED: 07:09 18 November 2020

Youngsters with ice creams await the Trimley carnival procession in 2002 Picture: JOHN KERR/ARCHANT

Youngsters with ice creams await the Trimley carnival procession in 2002 Picture: JOHN KERR/ARCHANT

Carnivals and galas have brought endless fun to Suffolk’s towns and villages over the years.

The best entry in the decorated vehicles at Framlingham Gala in 1967 went to the town's keep-fit class, who dressed in Western outfits. Picture: ARCHANTThe best entry in the decorated vehicles at Framlingham Gala in 1967 went to the town's keep-fit class, who dressed in Western outfits. Picture: ARCHANT

Today we are looking back at some of these colourful events, including some which are still running and others which have are now just memories.

One of the floats at Sudbury Carnival in 1974 Picture: ARCHANTOne of the floats at Sudbury Carnival in 1974 Picture: ARCHANT

Can you spot yourself or anyone you know in any of the floats or processions featured in our gallery, or among the children watching the entertainment?

Freeman Community Primary School's float in the Stowmarket carnival procession

 in 2002 Picture: JOHN KERR/ARCHANTFreeman Community Primary School's float in the Stowmarket carnival procession in 2002 Picture: JOHN KERR/ARCHANT

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One of the longest-running events is Framlingham Gala, or Gala Fest as it is now known, which dates right back to the 1880s. As well as the parade through the town, it features a wide range of other events and entertainment each summer.

Stage Door Company's float at Trimley Carnival in 2005 Picture: LUCY TAYLOR/ARCHANTStage Door Company's float at Trimley Carnival in 2005 Picture: LUCY TAYLOR/ARCHANT

Trimley Carnival is another long-running summer celebration. In 2019 it marked its 50th anniversary, with the twin villages coming together for a golden event.

South Seas smiles from these children taking part in Leiston Gala in 1982 Picture: ARCHANTSouth Seas smiles from these children taking part in Leiston Gala in 1982 Picture: ARCHANT

Sadly, all the events which were due to be held this summer had to be cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, but organisers are looking forward to when they can return.

A Lavenham WI carnival float Picture: ARCHANTA Lavenham WI carnival float Picture: ARCHANT

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If these events bring back memories, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk or write to Judy Rimmer, Newsroom, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1RS.

A Rocky Horror float at Lavenham Carnival in August 2000 Picture: ARCHANTA Rocky Horror float at Lavenham Carnival in August 2000 Picture: ARCHANT

Order photos at archantsuffolk.newsprints.co.uk or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.

Children watching the entertainment at Leiston Gala  in 1978 Picture: ARCHANTChildren watching the entertainment at Leiston Gala in 1978 Picture: ARCHANT

The MIB Line Dance club float at Stowmarket Carnival in 2002 Picture: JOHN KERR/ARCHANTThe MIB Line Dance club float at Stowmarket Carnival in 2002 Picture: JOHN KERR/ARCHANT

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