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Days Gone By: When The Royal Hospital School played host to TV’s It’s A Knockout!

PUBLISHED: 11:14 02 March 2018

A participant in the It's A Knockout! tournament takes on one of the challenges. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

A participant in the It's A Knockout! tournament takes on one of the challenges. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

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In 2000, The Royal Hospital School was transformed into a television set when it hosted It’s A Knockout!

An Ipswich team member in action. Picture: ANDREW HENDRYAn Ipswich team member in action. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

The event saw a number of teams from across East Anglia, including from Colchester, Cambridge and Great Yarmouth, battle it out in a series of challenges.

Some contestants were required to dress up for the competition in 2000. Picture: ANDREW HENDRYSome contestants were required to dress up for the competition in 2000. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

These pictures captured on the day show the many contestants having a blast at the event, which was hosted by Lucy Alexander and refereed by ex-heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno.

The huge crowd applauds contestants at The Royal Hospital School. Picture: ANDREW HENDRYThe huge crowd applauds contestants at The Royal Hospital School. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

The spectacle drew in a huge crowd of people to the Holbrook-based school to cheer on those taking part.

Contestants in the It's A Knockout! tournament at the Royal Hospital School,  Holbrook, in 2000. Picture: ANDREW HENDRYContestants in the It's A Knockout! tournament at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, in 2000. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

It’s A Knockout! first broadcast on British television in 1966. It was reborn in 1999, but its success was shortlived and the final episode aired in January 2001.

Boxer Frank Bruno was referee. Picture: ANDREW HENDRYBoxer Frank Bruno was referee. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

Do you remember when the Royal Hospital School played host to It’s A Knockout?

An Ipswich team member takes on one of the challenges. Picture: ANDREW HENDRYAn Ipswich team member takes on one of the challenges. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

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Lucy Alexander presented the programme for Channel 5. Picture: ANDREW HENDRYLucy Alexander presented the programme for Channel 5. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

An Ipswich team member takes part in the show. Picture: ANDREW HENDRYAn Ipswich team member takes part in the show. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

A contestant dressed as an ostrich for It's A Knockout! at the Royal Hospital School. Picture: ANDREW HENDRYA contestant dressed as an ostrich for It's A Knockout! at the Royal Hospital School. Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

Did you take part in It's a Knockout! at the Royal Hospital School in 2000? Picture: ANDREW HENDRYDid you take part in It's a Knockout! at the Royal Hospital School in 2000? Picture: ANDREW HENDRY

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