Taking a nostaglic look at romance in Ipswich in the 70s and 80s
PUBLISHED: 16:15 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:15 17 November 2016
We are building up to one of the most romantinc times of the year - Christmas.
But today we are looking at the one day outshines even that, Valentine’s Day,
Contrary to popular belief, the day itself was not invented by card companies keen to make a profit from lovestruck young couples, but is actually an historic event that dates back thousands of years to 496 AD.
There might be a dozen gifts that are cliche to give on Valentine’s Day, but nothing more so than flowers. However, 73pc of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27pc are women.
Here we can see our valentine competition winners Jon and Diaina Klien celebrating with champagne and chocolates.
Not everyone goes in for grand gestures, and in fact, cards are the most common item bought on Valentine’s Day.
During the early 70s, private companies delivered cards to homes in Ipswich, alongside the Royal Mail.
Meanwhile, the British Heart Foundation ran the campaign ‘Give your heart to someone on Valentine’s Day’ promoting organ donation across the UK.