Nostalgia: A look back at Framlingham Gala 1979

Framlingham Gala in 1979 Picture: ARCHANT

Framlingham Gala in 1979 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

It’s been Framlingham’s main community celebration and a big attraction for more than 100 years and is still going strong today.

The Framlingham Gala procession makes its way through the streets in 1979 Picture: ARCHANT

The Framlingham Gala procession makes its way through the streets in 1979 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Framlingham Gala dates back to the 1880s providing great fun for all ages and raising money for the town’s sports facilities.

As well as a range of entertainment, car boot sale and craft fair, its traditional highlights are the funfair and a colourful parade through the town.

Back in 1979, as these photos show, groups across the town turned out to take part in the procession – many in fancy dress.

Last year the event was relaunched as a three-day event called Framlingham Gala Fest with the aim to have a new theme each year to make the weekend bright, full of energy, colour and music with something for all the family.

Colourful characters in the parade Picture: ARCHANT

Colourful characters in the parade Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant


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Do you recognise anyone in our gallery or did you attend the event in 1979? Contact sam.dawes@archant.co.uk to share your memories.

Youngsters celebrate Suffolk honey at Framlingham Gala in 1979 Picture: ARCHANT

Youngsters celebrate Suffolk honey at Framlingham Gala in 1979 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Groups and organisations across the town take part Picture: ARCHANT

Groups and organisations across the town take part Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Framlingham Gala in 1979 Picture: ARCHANT

Framlingham Gala in 1979 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

A St Trinian's-style float in the Framlingham Gala in 1979 Picture: ARCHANT

A St Trinian's-style float in the Framlingham Gala in 1979 Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

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