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It’s only rock ’n’ roll but we like it

JIVE TIME: Ian Smallwood and Judy Merrick warm up for this month’s Just Rock Ipswich activities to be held in North Ipswich.
JIVE TIME: Ian Smallwood and Judy Merrick warm up for this month’s Just Rock Ipswich activities to be held in North Ipswich. Rob Williams

IT'S time to fill up the gas tank and throw on the dancing shoes.

Just Rock Ipswich is calling on rockabilly fans to unite for their annual "Back to 63" celebration of all things rock 'n' roll.

More than 300 classic cars are expected to pile into North Ipswich Park on August 17 for the leisure dance and car club's celebration.

Just Rock Ipswich spokesman Luke Way said motoring enthusiasts could expect to see everything from '50s and '60s classic vehicles to hot rods and even the odd Kombi van or Beetle.

There will also be live music with dancing, as well as rock 'n' roll merchandise and a range of food stalls.

"We are Ipswich's only rock 'n' roll and car club and this event is to show what we are about - we're asking people to come and have fun with us," Mr Way said.

This year marks the 21st birthday of the annual event, with Just Rock Ipswich aiming to add to its already strong membership of 120.

The members meet at Swifts Sports Club every Monday night for dance lessons, also putting on five Saturday night dances per year with a live band and regular demonstrations for local schools as well as community groups.

Mr Way said the club paid tribute to the classic rock 'n' roll era of the '50s and early '60s - which is said to have died with the arrival of the so-called British invasion of the Beatles and Rolling Stones.

"I loved those bands myself as a youngster, but the music we like to dance to is that of Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis Presley era," he said.

"Rock 'n' roll started from rockabilly, which was a style that originated with the hillbillies."

Back to 63 is free to enter and runs from 9am-2pm on Sunday, August 17.

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