A Strictly-style ballroom dancing competition and Christmas on the Cornhill in 1984

Busy night on the Cornhill as the Christmas lights were switched on Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Busy night on the Cornhill as the Christmas lights were switched on Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: RICHARD SNASDELL

November 1984 is the focus of today’s Throwback Thursday feature and here we look at a dance festival, the action from Portman Road and the annual Christmas lights switch on.

The Corn Exchange hosted a ballroom dancing festival for all ages to get involved with Picture: RIC

The Corn Exchange hosted a ballroom dancing festival for all ages to get involved with Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: RICHARD SNASDELL

Strictly fans would have enjoyed the ballroom dancing festival at the Corn Exchange with dancers of all ages taking to the floor and enjoying the evening,

Watching friends and family participate in the Ballroom festival Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Watching friends and family participate in the Ballroom festival Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: RICHARD SNASDELL

Next it is over to Portman Road where former Ipswich Town player Eric Gates held his testimonial at the club with his Ipswich Town 11 playing against an England 11.

Pupils from Chantry High School doing a sponsored bed push through the town Picture: PAUL NIXON

Pupils from Chantry High School doing a sponsored bed push through the town Picture: PAUL NIXON - Credit: PAUL NIXON

The Cornhill was filled with the sound of Christmas carols as signers gathered on the Town Hall steps to spread festive cheer amongst shoppers.

The Mayor of Ipswich posing with the Christmas Tree shortly after it was officially lit up in 1984

The Mayor of Ipswich posing with the Christmas Tree shortly after it was officially lit up in 1984 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: RICHARD SNASDELL

Pupils of Chantry High School went to Tavern Street to do a sponsored bed push to raise money in aid of the elderly.


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And finally we finish things off with the event to mark the start of Thursday late night shopping, the official switch on of the Christmas ;ights around the town was hosted on the Cornhill with families coming out to enjoy the spectacle.

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