St Patrick’s Day memories from Ipswich and Colchester

Chorus girls at McGinty's Pub, Beacon Hill, Ipswich. March 1999

Chorus girls at McGinty's Pub, Beacon Hill, Ipswich. March 1999 - Credit: Archant

Whether you’re celebrating with a traditional Irish jig or getting in a round of Guinness, hundreds of people will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day across Suffolk tonight.

Traditional Irish dancers performing in Brannigans, Ipswich. March, 1999

Traditional Irish dancers performing in Brannigans, Ipswich. March, 1999 - Credit: Archant

Decorations including shamrocks and Irish flags will certainly be aplenty in pubs and bars.

Molly Malones Irish pub in Colchester, March 1998

Molly Malones Irish pub in Colchester, March 1998 - Credit: Archant

We’ve collated a selection of pictures from across Ipswich and Colchester from the last 25 years.

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Do you recognise anyone in these pictures? Email our picture desk at suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk - Credit: Archant

St Patrick’s Day - a public holiday in Ireland - dates back to the early 17th Century and celebrates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

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Do you recognise anyone in these pictures? Email our picture desk at suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk - Credit: Archant

One of the most famous celebrations worldwide for St Patrick’s day is the yearly dying of the Chicago River. The river is dyed bright green to commemorate the number of Irish people that migrated to Chicago in the early 20th Century.

Traditional Irish dancers performing in Brannigans, Ipswich. March, 1999

Traditional Irish dancers performing in Brannigans, Ipswich. March, 1999 - Credit: Archant

Former Mayor of Ipswich, Albert Grant, getting into the spirit of St Patrick's Day with some Irish d

Former Mayor of Ipswich, Albert Grant, getting into the spirit of St Patrick's Day with some Irish dancing at the Corn Exchange. March 1996 - Credit: Archant

Molly Malones Irish pub in Colchester, March 1998

Molly Malones Irish pub in Colchester, March 1998 - Credit: Archant

The mayor of Ipswich celebrating St Patricks Day, March 1997

The mayor of Ipswich celebrating St Patricks Day, March 1997 - Credit: Archant

Do you recognise anyone in these pictures? Email our picture desk at suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.u

Do you recognise anyone in these pictures? Email our picture desk at suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk - Credit: Archant

St Patrick's night at the Corn Exchange, March 1995

St Patrick's night at the Corn Exchange, March 1995 - Credit: Archant

Do you recognise anyone in these pictures?

To send us pictures of your celebrations from tonight, or to share your memories from the photographs pictured below, email our picture desk.

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