Nostalgia: Did you ever attend a Suffolk festival of sport?

Kick boxing tournaments got underway, as the crowds looked on at the action in 1979 Picture: OWEN H

Kick boxing tournaments got underway, as the crowds looked on at the action in 1979 - Credit: Owen Hines

The Olympic Games may have come to a dramatic close on Sunday – but how could we forget some of Suffolk's festivals of sport?

The sporting games were held each year around the county, giving some of Suffolk's youngsters and veterans alike the chance to try a variety of sports while learning what local clubs had to offer.

The gauntlet was thrown down for a fencing battle in Ipswich 1979 Picture: OWEN HINES

The gauntlet was thrown down for a fencing battle in Ipswich 1979 - Credit: Owen Hines

Popular sports included football, fencing and kickboxing – and even included the exhilarating motoball, a game of football on motorcycles.

Among some of the biggest events was the Ipswich Festival of Sport in 1978 – the same year Town fans went crazy with the club's historic FA Cup win.

Some brilliant a game of football motorcross took place at the festival of sport in 1979 Picture: O

Crowds had fun watching the motoball in 1979 - Credit: Owen Hines

Other events on the sporting calendar included sporting festivals in Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds, as well as over the border in Mistley.

A variety of different sport was played throughout the day, some lesser known such as Handball Pict

A handball match at the Ipswich Festival of Sport in 1978 - Credit: Archant


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Families watch on as their relatives play in the various sports Picture: ARCHANT

Crowds watching the Ipswich Festival of Sport in 1978 - Credit: Archant

Archery at the Festival of Sport in Sudbury, May1984

Archery at the Festival of Sport in Sudbury, 1984 - Credit: Archant


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