When Anita Dobson visited Ipswich - and more 1980s pub memories

EastEnders actress Anita Dobson at the Belstead Arms pub, Ipswich, in October 1986

EastEnders actress Anita Dobson at the Belstead Arms pub, Ipswich, in October 1986 - Credit: Archant

Do you remember when EastEnders star Anita Dobson visited the Belstead Arms in 1986? It's just one of the Suffolk pub memories featured here.

Pool players during a tournament at the Racecourse pub, Ipswich, in August 1986

Pool players during a tournament at the Racecourse pub, Ipswich, in August 1986 - Credit: Archant

Anita, known to millions as Angie Watts, was more often seen behind the bar of the Queen Vic at that time - but took a break from Albert Square for a visit to the Ipswich pub.

Conker Championships at the Stonham Magpie pub in October 1986

Conker Championships at the Stonham Magpie pub in October 1986 - Credit: Archant

Which pub was your friendly local in the 1980s, and can you spot yourself and any of your friends in our photos?

A framed picture of aircraft presented to White Horse pub in Finningham, Suffolk, in December 1983

A framed picture of aircraft presented to White Horse pub in Finningham in December 1983 - Credit: Archant

As well as famous faces, our gallery includes a range of games - from traditional pub games at the Queens Head, Lower Layham to a pool tournament at The Racecourse in Ipswich and a conker tournament at The Stonham Magpie.

A sponsored half beard shave at The Woolpack pub in Ipswich in September 1986

A sponsored half beard shave at The Woolpack pub in Ipswich in September 1986 - Credit: Archant

The most unusual event featured here, though, has to be the sponsored half beard shave at The Woolpack pub in Ipswich in 1986.

Charity bottles are opened at the Griffin pub in Yoxford by speedway riders in September 1981

Charity bottles are opened at the Griffin pub in Yoxford by speedway riders in September 1981 - Credit: Archant

If these photos bring back memories, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk

To order photos, visit our website  or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.

 A ball and chain gang at the Spread Eagle pub, Ipswich, in November 1980

A ball and chain gang at the Spread Eagle pub, Ipswich, in November 1980 - Credit: Archant

Traditional pub games at the Queens Head in Lower Layham, near Hadleigh in 1984

Customers trying some traditional pub games at the Queens Head in Lower Layham, near Hadleigh, in June 1984 - Credit: Archant



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