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All the fun of the fair as families learned about rural life

PUBLISHED: 14:50 10 September 2019

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing  Picture: IAN HULLAND

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND

Ian Hulland

People enjoyed finding out about Suffolk’s rural past when one of its most important museums threw open its doors for a special event.

Two youngsters having a great time in a fun car  Picture: IAN HULLANDTwo youngsters having a great time in a fun car Picture: IAN HULLAND

The Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket - which has grown into one of the region's top attractions since its opening in 1967 - held a fair to show people of all ages some of its exhibits on its 75-acre site and celebrate country life.

The well-attended event in 1979 was captured by EADT photographer Ian Hulland, who photographed families enjoying the variety of things to see and do.

There were performances of old-style country dance, music from a young people's orchestra, a fairground with traditional rides, as well as a chance to climb aboard vintage tractors and see farming implements from years gone by.

Did you attend the fair in 1979? To share your memories, email imagecurators@archant.co.uk

Whizzing down the helter-skelter  Picture:  IAN HULLANDWhizzing down the helter-skelter Picture: IAN HULLAND

The young generation of 1979 getting to grips with some old farming machinery  Picture: IAN HULLANDThe young generation of 1979 getting to grips with some old farming machinery Picture: IAN HULLAND

Two youngsters enjoying the sunshine in Stowmarket 1979  Picture: IAN HULLANDTwo youngsters enjoying the sunshine in Stowmarket 1979 Picture: IAN HULLAND

Getting in touch with their rural roots ... a pair of youngsters climb onto a historic tractor  Picture: IAN HULLANDGetting in touch with their rural roots ... a pair of youngsters climb onto a historic tractor Picture: IAN HULLAND

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A youngster enjoying herself at the wheel of a tractor at the museum fair in Stowmarket  Picture: IAN HULLANDA youngster enjoying herself at the wheel of a tractor at the museum fair in Stowmarket Picture: IAN HULLAND

Musicians in perfect harmony to entertain the fair goers in Stowmarket  Picture: IAN HULLANDMusicians in perfect harmony to entertain the fair goers in Stowmarket Picture: IAN HULLAND


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