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Days Gone By: Pictures of unique moments in Ipswich’s history

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:45 08 August 2018

March 86 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

March 86 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

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Pictures of the Orwell Bridge being made, the destruction caused by the storm of 1987, and the Wherstead interchange under construction are included in David Kindred’s Days Gone By gallery.

March 82 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSMarch 82 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

Until digital photography took over around 20 years ago, film and prints were relatively expensive and most people only took photographs of special family occasions, like weddings, holidays and other special family events.

Few recorded changes to the area, and often it was only local news media that recorded dramatic events.

The Wherstead interchange on the A14 being built in March 1982. Work on the Orwell Bridge is in the background Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSThe Wherstead interchange on the A14 being built in March 1982. Work on the Orwell Bridge is in the background Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

Russell Whipps, who has lived in Ipswich since 1967, liked to capture life in the area with his 35mm camera and would often go to Ipswich Airport and pay £25 for a half-hour flight to record projects and sometimes disasters.

Russell was born in Fressingfield in north Suffolk in 1935. His family were bombed out of their home in Campsea Ash during the Second World War,
they then moved to Ufford.

Bridge Street, Ipswich, looking towards Stoke Bridge in 1982, as work was going on to clear the site to construct the double roundabout traffic scheme in front of the Novotel Hotel Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSBridge Street, Ipswich, looking towards Stoke Bridge in 1982, as work was going on to clear the site to construct the double roundabout traffic scheme in front of the Novotel Hotel Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

Russell worked for Potters garage at Woodbridge, Mann Egertons in Ipswich and at Felixstowe Port.

In todays Days Gone By I feature a few of the thousands of high quality photographs Russell has taken. He recorded the dates and captured unique moments and places gone forever.

The European Gateway on its side off Felixstowe in 1982.The ferry was travelling from Felixstowe to Zeebrugge when it capsized following a collision with the inbound Speed Link Vanguard on December 19, 1982. Six people lost their lives in the disaster Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSThe European Gateway on its side off Felixstowe in 1982.The ferry was travelling from Felixstowe to Zeebrugge when it capsized following a collision with the inbound Speed Link Vanguard on December 19, 1982. Six people lost their lives in the disaster Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

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San Salvador Feb 86 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSSan Salvador Feb 86 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

The light coloured low buildings on the right were the former showrooms of Mann Egerton’s agricultural division in Princes Street, Ipswich. This picture was taken in July 1987.  They have been replaced and the Civic Drive roundabout has been removed Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSThe light coloured low buildings on the right were the former showrooms of Mann Egerton’s agricultural division in Princes Street, Ipswich. This picture was taken in July 1987. They have been replaced and the Civic Drive roundabout has been removed Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

April 92 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSApril 92 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

The Little Ships Hotel, Felixstowe, in May 1990. It was built as the Pier Hotel in 1883 at the site of the original dock basin and pier. The building was demolished in 1998 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSThe Little Ships Hotel, Felixstowe, in May 1990. It was built as the Pier Hotel in 1883 at the site of the original dock basin and pier. The building was demolished in 1998 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

1992 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS1992 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

A powerful storm hit during the night of October 15/16, 1987. Many buildings were badly damaged and trees fell blocking roads and hitting houses. This was the scene in Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, near the junction with Badshah Avenue, as a tree, which had brought down power cables and blocked the road, was removed Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSA powerful storm hit during the night of October 15/16, 1987. Many buildings were badly damaged and trees fell blocking roads and hitting houses. This was the scene in Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, near the junction with Badshah Avenue, as a tree, which had brought down power cables and blocked the road, was removed Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

Neptune Quay at Ipswich Dock in May 1985. All of the buildings in the background, close to Coprolite Street, have been replaced. The silos of Eastern Counties Farmers on the left is now the site of the university.  The former fertiliser factory on the right is now the site of a block of flats, offices and a coffee shop Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSNeptune Quay at Ipswich Dock in May 1985. All of the buildings in the background, close to Coprolite Street, have been replaced. The silos of Eastern Counties Farmers on the left is now the site of the university. The former fertiliser factory on the right is now the site of a block of flats, offices and a coffee shop Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

April 99 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSApril 99 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

March 99 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSMarch 99 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

The huge workshop constructed for Ipswich engineering company Ransomes and Rapier to build walking dragline cranes was being demolished in January 1994. This was one of the last buildings to be demolished on the large site, where generations of local people worked. Bath Street is on the left Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSThe huge workshop constructed for Ipswich engineering company Ransomes and Rapier to build walking dragline cranes was being demolished in January 1994. This was one of the last buildings to be demolished on the large site, where generations of local people worked. Bath Street is on the left Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

A steam powered crane working in the rail yards between the bridges in London Road and Hadleigh Road (background), Ipswich in 1981 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPSA steam powered crane working in the rail yards between the bridges in London Road and Hadleigh Road (background), Ipswich in 1981 Picture: RUSSELL WHIPPS

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