All the fun of Mendlesham Street Fair from 1980s-2000s in Days Gone By

A birds of prey display at Mendlesham Street Fair in May 1991 Picture: ARCHANT

A birds of prey display at Mendlesham Street Fair in May 1991 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Have you enjoyed all the fun of Mendlesham Street Fair over the decades?

Crowds flock to Mendlesham May Street Fair in 2003 Picture: ANDY ABBOTT/ARCHANT

Crowds flock to Mendlesham May Street Fair in 2003 Picture: ANDY ABBOTT/ARCHANT

The village fair is one of Suffolk’s best-known annual events, regularly attracting large crowds from around the area.

Mendlesham Street Fair in 2006 Picture: PHIL MORLEY/ARCHANT

Mendlesham Street Fair in 2006 Picture: PHIL MORLEY/ARCHANT

Sadly, this year the May bank holiday spectacular couldn’t go ahead because of coronavirus - but today we are looking back at the fair through its 40 years.

In costume for
Mendlesham Street Fair in 1985 Picture: ARCHANT

In costume for Mendlesham Street Fair in 1985 Picture: ARCHANT

MORE: Memories of Eye Show and Country FairAttractions enjoyed at previous fairs include morris and clog dancing, marching bands, live music, bygone farm machinery and birds of prey displays, with around 3,000 to 4,000 people turning out to join in the occasion.

Music at
Mendlesham Street Fair in 2005 Picture: CLIFFORD HICKS/ARCHANT

Music at Mendlesham Street Fair in 2005 Picture: CLIFFORD HICKS/ARCHANT

The fair also regularly has stalls galore to browse in the arts and crafts show.

Stowmarket St John Ambulance stall at Mendlesham Street Fair in 2002 Picture: ANDY ABBOTT/ARCHANT

Stowmarket St John Ambulance stall at Mendlesham Street Fair in 2002 Picture: ANDY ABBOTT/ARCHANT

MORE: Are you in our Suffolk carnival and gala photos?What are your memories of Mendlesham Street Fair and other celebrations around the area? Email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk or write to Judy Rimmer, Newsroom, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1RS. Order photos at archantsuffolk.newsprints.co.uk or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.

Enjoying
Mendlesham Street Fayre
in 1984 Picture: ARCHANT

Enjoying Mendlesham Street Fayre in 1984 Picture: ARCHANT

Taking a rest from dancing at Mendlesham Street Fair in 1990 Picture: ARCHANT

Taking a rest from dancing at Mendlesham Street Fair in 1990 Picture: ARCHANT


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