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Days Gone By: Skating fun at Northgate in 1981 - and a hot air balloon too

PUBLISHED: 17:48 10 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:33 11 March 2020

Children getting together for the photo, some maybe slightly less steady then others Picture: IVAN SMITH

Children getting together for the photo, some maybe slightly less steady then others Picture: IVAN SMITH

IVAN SMITH

Do you remember skating at Northgate Sports Centre in Ipswich as a youngster?

Getting the hot air balloon ready for lift off  Picture: IVAN SMITHGetting the hot air balloon ready for lift off Picture: IVAN SMITH

In our latest Days Gone By, we are turning the clock back to 1981, with a selection of photos from a roller-skating event at the centre.

The day didn't quite go without the odd accident but the smiles still remained Picture: IVAN SMITHThe day didn't quite go without the odd accident but the smiles still remained Picture: IVAN SMITH

The children taking part had plenty of fun, although keeping their balance wasn't always easy. Our photos show them holding hands to keep upright on their roller skates, with one or two slips along the way.

This group of young skaters enjoyed their time rolling around  Picture: IVAN SMITHThis group of young skaters enjoyed their time rolling around Picture: IVAN SMITH

The day also featured the chance to see a hot air balloon, which was getting ready to take flight just outside the centre. Do you remember seeing the balloon, or were you one of those helping to get it ready for take-off?

Just outside the sports centre a hot air balloon was getting ready to take flight  Picture: IVAN SMITHJust outside the sports centre a hot air balloon was getting ready to take flight Picture: IVAN SMITH

Northgate Sports Centre offers a wide range of sporting activities and is a popular venue. Do you have memories of taking part in other events there over the years?

The children held hands whilst skating around to help keep their balance  Picture: IVAN SMITHThe children held hands whilst skating around to help keep their balance Picture: IVAN SMITH

If our photos have brought back memories, send us an email.

Did you go skating around at Northgate Sports Centre?  Picture: IVAN SMITHDid you go skating around at Northgate Sports Centre? Picture: IVAN SMITH

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