Days Gone By: No Donald Trump in sight as Kesgrave celebrated our friends across the pond

Kesgrave USA Event in 1981 Picture: ARCHANT

Kesgrave USA Event in 1981 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

With US president Donald Trump on UK soil last week, it’s apt to look back to 1981 – when people in Kesgrave were celebrating our friendship and links with America.

Youngsters became cheer leaders for the day Picture: ARCHANT

Youngsters became cheer leaders for the day Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The community held a USA Day with a host of special themed activities, with youngsters particularly enjoying and getting involved in the event.

East Suffolk has always had strong links with America stretching back to the days of the Second World War through its air bases and defence communications installations.

The day in Kesgrave featured a big fancy dress parade and judging with youngsters dressed as the Statue of Liberty, red Indians, pilgrim fathers and American football players, plus displays by cheerleaders, and a range of stalls and refreshments.

Do you remember the Kesgrave USA event in 1981? Were you one of those involved in the displays or who went along to enjoy the day? Email suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk and let us know.

Children take part in an American-themed fancy dress parade at the event in 1981 Picture: ARCHANT

Children take part in an American-themed fancy dress parade at the event in 1981 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Crowds enjoy the Kesgrave USA Event in 1981 Picture: ARCHANT

Crowds enjoy the Kesgrave USA Event in 1981 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Youngsters dressed as Staues of Liberty, red indians and new world residents at the event Picture: A

Youngsters dressed as Staues of Liberty, red indians and new world residents at the event Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The big fancy dress parade Picture: ARCHANT

The big fancy dress parade Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Lots of interest in the stalls Picture: ARCHANT

Lots of interest in the stalls Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant


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