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

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

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

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

Did you attend the event at Tower Ramparts in 1986? Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: 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 NIXON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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