Thousands to greet returning cup heroes

THOUSANDS of Ipswich Town fans are expected to converge on the Cornhill to celebrate one of the club's finest achievements, it can be revealed today.To mark the Blues' stunning FA Cup triumph 30 years ago, a screening of the highlights of the Wembley win will be beamed out on a giant screen as part of a special day dedicated to the heroes of '78.

Josh Warwick

THOUSANDS of Ipswich Town fans are expected to converge on the Cornhill to celebrate one of the club's finest achievements, it can be revealed today.

To mark the Blues' stunning FA Cup triumph 30 years ago, a screening of the highlights of the Wembley win will be beamed out on a giant screen as part of a special day dedicated to the heroes of '78.

The event, Thirty Years of Honour, will be held on May 5 when Sir Bobby Robson and his former stars will return to Suffolk for the landmark anniversary.


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An open top bus ride will ferry the players through the streets of Ipswich to the Town Hall, where a civic reception and gala dinner will be held in honour of Town's triumph.

Tables for the dinner are already selling rapidly, with groups and businesses desperate to dine with their idols.

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Details also emerged today of the release of 170 tickets which will be sold on an individual basis to those who want to be a part of the celebration.

Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “May 5 will be a truly memorable occasion to mark a truly memorable achievement.”

It is hoped that the original cup final programme will be reproduced for the occasion, while talks are ongoing to bring the famous FA Cup back to Suffolk.

Thirty Years of Honour is being staged by The Evening Star, Ipswich Borough Council and BBC Radio Suffolk.

Tables of ten are being sold at £1,000 each, while tickets to the celebration cost £50 each.

To secure your place, or to find out more, contact Michelle Dorrell on 01473 324867 or e-mail michelle.dorrell@eveningstar.co.uk

What memories do you have of Town's wonderful Wembley win? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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