All the fun of the fair as families learned about rural life

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND - Credit: Ian Hulland

People enjoyed finding out about Suffolk’s rural past when one of its most important museums threw open its doors for a special event.

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND - Credit: Ian Hulland

The Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket - which has grown into one of the region's top attractions since its opening in 1967 - held a fair to show people of all ages some of its exhibits on its 75-acre site and celebrate country life.

The well-attended event in 1979 was captured by EADT photographer Ian Hulland, who photographed families enjoying the variety of things to see and do.

There were performances of old-style country dance, music from a young people's orchestra, a fairground with traditional rides, as well as a chance to climb aboard vintage tractors and see farming implements from years gone by.

Did you attend the fair in 1979? To share your memories, email imagecurators@archant.co.uk

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND - Credit: Ian Hulland

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND - Credit: Ian Hulland

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND - Credit: Ian Hulland

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND - Credit: Ian Hulland

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND - Credit: Ian Hulland

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND

Swing your partner round and round - some summer country dancing Picture: IAN HULLAND - Credit: Ian Hulland


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