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From Red Arrows to birds of prey - Eye Show and Country Fair in Days Gone By

PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 November 2020

A display from the Red Arrows at the Eye Show in Palgrave in 2009 Picture: ALEX FAIRFULL

A display from the Red Arrows at the Eye Show in Palgrave in 2009 Picture: ALEX FAIRFULL

Have you enjoyed days out at the Eye Show and Country Fair over the years?

Birds of prey at the Eye Show in August 1986 Picture: ARCHANTBirds of prey at the Eye Show in August 1986 Picture: ARCHANT

Today we’re looking back at one of the most popular rural-themed events held in the region, with photos from the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s.

The band Suffolk Punch, who were at the Eye Show in August 1982 Picture: ARCHANTThe band Suffolk Punch, who were at the Eye Show in August 1982 Picture: ARCHANT

It all started in 1915 as a horticultural exhibition, but later grew to a two-day event, featuring a wide range of entertainment and attracting many thousands of visitors.

Clowning around at the Eye Show in August 1980. Do you recognise anyone? Picture: ARCHANTClowning around at the Eye Show in August 1980. Do you recognise anyone? Picture: ARCHANT

Do you remember seeing spectacular performances by the Red Arrows at the show?

EnjoyIng a ride on the carousel at the Eye Show in August  1985

 Picture: ARCHANTEnjoyIng a ride on the carousel at the Eye Show in August 1985 Picture: ARCHANT

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Our photos also feature some of the other varied attractions, including birds of prey and horses and carts, as well as clowns, live music and fairground rides.

Guns ablaze for a Civil War re-enactment at Eye Show and Country Fair in 2002 Picture: DENISE BRADLEY/ARCHANTGuns ablaze for a Civil War re-enactment at Eye Show and Country Fair in 2002 Picture: DENISE BRADLEY/ARCHANT

A Civil War re-enactment also drew the crowds at the show in 2002.

Crowds watching the Grand Ring attractions at the Eye Show in 1998 Picture: JOHN KERR/ARCHANTCrowds watching the Grand Ring attractions at the Eye Show in 1998 Picture: JOHN KERR/ARCHANT

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What are your memories of the Eye Show? Email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk or write to Judy Rimmer, Newsroom, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1RS.

All aboard at the Eye Show in 2003 Picture: KEITH MINDHAM/ARCHANTAll aboard at the Eye Show in 2003 Picture: KEITH MINDHAM/ARCHANT

Order photos at archantsuffolk.newsprints.co.uk or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.


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