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Simply The Best! Do you remember Tina Turner coming to Ipswich?

PUBLISHED: 19:31 27 November 2019

The 19-song set was met with rapturous cheers from the thousands of fans that turned out to see Tina in her heyday Picture: JERRY TURNER

The 19-song set was met with rapturous cheers from the thousands of fans that turned out to see Tina in her heyday Picture: JERRY TURNER

As Tina Turner turns 80, we look back when she dazzled Ipswich during visits to Portman Road and the Regent Theatre.

July 26, 1990. The first-ever live music event at Ipswich Town's Partman Road was a sell-out performance by Tina Turner, who visited Suffolk on her Farewell Tour Picture: ARCHANTJuly 26, 1990. The first-ever live music event at Ipswich Town's Partman Road was a sell-out performance by Tina Turner, who visited Suffolk on her Farewell Tour Picture: ARCHANT

Almost 30 years ago, on July 26, 1990, Tina Turner made Ipswich history by becoming the first musician to perform at Portman Road.

The Ipswich Town's ground had never been used for a concert before, but the ground was transformed for the thousands of fans that wanted to hear one of the world's biggest stars perform her iconic songs.

Music fans crowded into the stadium for the first time back in July 1990, but it was Turner's second show in Suffolk, having visited the Gaumont (Now Regent Theatre) in 1984 Picture: ARCHANTMusic fans crowded into the stadium for the first time back in July 1990, but it was Turner's second show in Suffolk, having visited the Gaumont (Now Regent Theatre) in 1984 Picture: ARCHANT

Swapping their seats for standing room on the Portman Road pitch, Turner electrified audiences with her biggest hits. Today, November 27, is her 80th birthday Picture: ARCHANTSwapping their seats for standing room on the Portman Road pitch, Turner electrified audiences with her biggest hits. Today, November 27, is her 80th birthday Picture: ARCHANT

Blowing away the audience with a 19-song set list packed with hits like Proud Mary, What's Love Got To Do With It, The Best and Let's Stay Together Turner was the first in a long line of superstars that have graced the stadium, followed by bands like R.E.M and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, as well as Rod Stewart and Elton John.

We have delved into the archives and found some iconic images of Tina Turner making Ipswich history as the first-ever musician to take to a stage at Portman Road Picture: JERRY TURNERWe have delved into the archives and found some iconic images of Tina Turner making Ipswich history as the first-ever musician to take to a stage at Portman Road Picture: JERRY TURNER

Her 1990 show was one of 121 concerts for Turner's Foreign Affair Farewell World Tour - but the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer first came to Suffolk in 1984, when she played the Regent Theatre when it was called the Gaumont.

Since 1990 Portman Road has been visited by other world-famous music acts, incliding Red Hot Chilli Peppers, R.E.M, Neil Diamond and Elton John Picture: JERRY TURNERSince 1990 Portman Road has been visited by other world-famous music acts, incliding Red Hot Chilli Peppers, R.E.M, Neil Diamond and Elton John Picture: JERRY TURNER

Portman Road has been hosting concerts for almost 30 years, with Tina Turner the first to perform there Picture: JERRY TURNERPortman Road has been hosting concerts for almost 30 years, with Tina Turner the first to perform there Picture: JERRY TURNER

Tina Turner first appeared in Ipswich in February 1984, when she took to the stage of the Gaumont, now the Regent Theatre Picture: ARCHANTTina Turner first appeared in Ipswich in February 1984, when she took to the stage of the Gaumont, now the Regent Theatre Picture: ARCHANT

■ Did you see her first show in Ipswich? Let us know your Tina turner stories in the comments below.

An early stop on her 1984 World Tour, Turner strutted across the boards in Ipswich before returning to Suffolk six years later on her Farewell Tour Picture: ARCHANTAn early stop on her 1984 World Tour, Turner strutted across the boards in Ipswich before returning to Suffolk six years later on her Farewell Tour Picture: ARCHANT

Do you remember when Tina Turner came to town, February 3, 1984? turner was 44 when she visitied and celebrated her 80th birthday today Picture: ARCHANTDo you remember when Tina Turner came to town, February 3, 1984? turner was 44 when she visitied and celebrated her 80th birthday today Picture: ARCHANT

The Ipswich show was one of the 26 European concerts Turner performed at in February 1984, a mammoth challenge she will not be repeating now she is 80 years old Picture: ARCHANTThe Ipswich show was one of the 26 European concerts Turner performed at in February 1984, a mammoth challenge she will not be repeating now she is 80 years old Picture: ARCHANT

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