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Bobby Robson and Christmas excitement in this week’s Throwback Thursday from 1986

PUBLISHED: 14:30 21 November 2019

Bobby Robson switching on the Tower Ramparts Christmas Lights  Picture: ARCHANT

Bobby Robson switching on the Tower Ramparts Christmas Lights Picture: ARCHANT

As Ipswich geared up for Christmas in 1986, shoppers not only had the festive fairyland of lights to attract them to the town centre – but a brand new shopping complex.

Bobby Robson signed autographs for all the fans as he switched on the Christmas lights at Tower Ramparts  Picture: ARCHANTBobby Robson signed autographs for all the fans as he switched on the Christmas lights at Tower Ramparts Picture: ARCHANT

Tower Ramparts - developed on the site of the old secondary school of the same name - was the town's first undercover complex, featuring a range of shops.

Did you attend the event at Tower Ramparts in 1986?  Picture: OWEN HINESDid you attend the event at Tower Ramparts in 1986? Picture: OWEN HINES

Bobby Robson was special guest to switch on the new centre's Christmas lights.

Crowds gather on the Cornhill to watch the Christmas lights switch on  Picture: PAUL NIXONCrowds gather on the Cornhill to watch the Christmas lights switch on Picture: PAUL NIXON

Other events taking place around the town - captured by Ipswich Star photographers Ivan Smith, Owen Hines and Paul Nixon - included the annual fireworks at Christchurch Park, pupils at Ranelagh Primary School enjoying a day of dressing as their favourite book characters as they celebrated Book Week, and a sponsored run held by the Boys' Brigade.

Crowds endure the cold weather to watch the annual fireworks display in Christchurch Park  Picture: PAUL NIXONCrowds endure the cold weather to watch the annual fireworks display in Christchurch Park Picture: PAUL NIXON

Do you remember these events or recognise anyone in our gallery? To share your memories, email imagecurators@archant.co.uk

The children of Ranelagh School dressed up as their favourite book character for Book Week  Picture: OWEN HINESThe children of Ranelagh School dressed up as their favourite book character for Book Week Picture: OWEN HINES

Members of the Boys Brigade held a running event to raise money for charity  Picture: OWEN HINESMembers of the Boys Brigade held a running event to raise money for charity Picture: OWEN HINES

Duelling action as Northgate Sports Centre put on fencing matches  Picture: IVAN SMITHDuelling action as Northgate Sports Centre put on fencing matches Picture: IVAN SMITH

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