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Days Gone By: Memories from the official opening of Northgate Sports Centre’s new track in 1982

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 June 2018

Did you take part in the first meeting in 1982? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Did you take part in the first meeting in 1982? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

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Can you remember when Northgate Sports Centre officially opened it’s sports track?

Runners take part in the first meeting at the opening of Northgate sports track in 1982  Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLRunners take part in the first meeting at the opening of Northgate sports track in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Hundreds of people headed to the site in Sidegate Lane West in 1982 to witness the new track being opened and take part in the many athletics events being held to mark the occasion.

Long jump was one of the events  Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLLong jump was one of the events Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Ann Smith, who was Mayor of Ipswich at the time, officially opened the new track with a ribbon cutting ceremony and addressed the crowd with a speech.

Mrs Ann Smith, the Mayor of Ipswich officially opens the new track   Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLMrs Ann Smith, the Mayor of Ipswich officially opens the new track Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

The sports centre is located on the same site at Northgate High School, but is used by a number of clubs and groups across the community, and remains a popular venue for sporting events today.

The opening made broadcast news   Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLThe opening made broadcast news Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Were you among the people who took part in the first meeting on the Northgate sports track in 1982?

The Mayor of Ipswich Ann Smith gives a speech    Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLThe Mayor of Ipswich Ann Smith gives a speech Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

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A number of track and field events were held to mark the occasion    Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLA number of track and field events were held to mark the occasion Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

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