Day Gone By: Memories from Chantry Park’s Great Ipswich Play Day in 1984

A petting zoo was among the attractions. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

A petting zoo was among the attractions. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant

Are you among the many people pictured from the Great Ipswich Play Day at Chantry Park in 1984?

The event attracted hundreds of people to Chantry Park in 1984. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

The event attracted hundreds of people to Chantry Park in 1984. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people descended on Chantry Park in Ipswich when it hosted the Great Ipswich Play Day in 1984.

Horse and cart rides were on offer around the park. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Horse and cart rides were on offer around the park. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant

We sent one of our photographers along to the park on the day to capture the fun in action.

An old Western shootout reennactment featured at the Play Day in 1984. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

An old Western shootout reennactment featured at the Play Day in 1984. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant

This gallery remembers the event more than 30 years ago as people of all ages turned out to enjoy the variety of activities on offer.

Plenty of activites were on offer at the Great Ipswich Play Day at Chantry Park in 1984. Picture: RI

Plenty of activites were on offer at the Great Ipswich Play Day at Chantry Park in 1984. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant

There was something for everyone, from rides and inflatable fun to penalty shoot-outs, face painting and animal petting zoos.

Some of the younger guests enjoying penalty shoot-outs at the Great Ipswich Play Day in 1984. Pictur

Some of the younger guests enjoying penalty shoot-outs at the Great Ipswich Play Day in 1984. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant


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And the fun didn’t stop there, with Punch and Judy, Old Western Shoot out reenactments and a break dancing performance on stage.

Break dancing demonstrations entertained the crowds. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Break dancing demonstrations entertained the crowds. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant

Did you attend the Great Ipswich Play Day at Chantry Park over 30 years ago, or can you spot yourself or do you recognise anyone pictured in this gallery? To share your memories with us, email suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk

The Punch and Judy show attracted a large crowd. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

The Punch and Judy show attracted a large crowd. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant

Did you attend the Great Ipswich Play Day in 1984? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Did you attend the Great Ipswich Play Day in 1984? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant

Characters in costumes paraded the park. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Characters in costumes paraded the park. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant

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