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Days Gone By: A taste of Ipswich life in the 1970s

PUBLISHED: 08:48 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:37 17 August 2017

Carr Street, Ipswich, in August 1972, with cars queuing at the traffic lights at the junction with Upper Brook Street. Shops on the left then included the Co-op jewellery department, Currys electrical, Dewhurst butchers, Woolworths store and John Temple mens tailors. On the right were Eastern Gas showrooms and a Wimpy burger bar. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Carr Street, Ipswich, in August 1972, with cars queuing at the traffic lights at the junction with Upper Brook Street. Shops on the left then included the Co-op jewellery department, Currys electrical, Dewhurst butchers, Woolworths store and John Temple mens tailors. On the right were Eastern Gas showrooms and a Wimpy burger bar. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

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Shoppers mingling with traffic in the town centre, busy public houses and a major shopping chain opening in town, were all part of life in Ipswich during the 1970s, writes David Kindred.

A busy day at Ipswich dock in 1970. Silos belonging to R and W Paul and Cranfield Brothers were still dealing with grain and William Brown timber merchants occupied a large part of the island site (background). This picture from a silo near the Stoke Bridge end of the dock. The Last Anchor Restaurant is now close to where the crane is.  Picture: RUTH SERGEANT/ IPSWICH MARITIME TRUSTA busy day at Ipswich dock in 1970. Silos belonging to R and W Paul and Cranfield Brothers were still dealing with grain and William Brown timber merchants occupied a large part of the island site (background). This picture from a silo near the Stoke Bridge end of the dock. The Last Anchor Restaurant is now close to where the crane is. Picture: RUTH SERGEANT/ IPSWICH MARITIME TRUST

In this weeks Days Gone By I feature photographs from over four decades ago when the town’s new magistrates court was still to be built.

At the end of the decade the Wolsey Theatre was built and opened on a site next to the spiral car park in Civic Drive.

The town’s council offices moved to a new building, the Civic Centre nearby.

Now after around 45 years of service the Civic Centre and police station have been demolished.

March 1971 and a C&A store was opened in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich. Did you work there? Picture: ARCHANTMarch 1971 and a C&A store was opened in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich. Did you work there? Picture: ARCHANT

The Old Times public house, at the corner of Spring Road and Cauldwell Hall Road, is still trading and has seen several name changes since the photographs featured were taken.

Can you tell use more about the photographs featured or can you add names to the pictures?

Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or send him an e-mail.

Were you among the first customers to gather in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, for the opening of a C&A store in March 1971? Picture: ARCHANTWere you among the first customers to gather in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, for the opening of a C&A store in March 1971? Picture: ARCHANT

The new C&A shop held a fashion show at St Matthews Baths Hall, Ipswich, in March 1971, to show off all the latest trends with tank tops and flares. Picture: JERRY TURNERThe new C&A shop held a fashion show at St Matthews Baths Hall, Ipswich, in March 1971, to show off all the latest trends with tank tops and flares. Picture: JERRY TURNER

Were you among the first customers to gather in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, for the opening of a C&A store in March 1971?Were you among the first customers to gather in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, for the opening of a C&A store in March 1971?

The fire brigade were called to Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, in July 1976, to pump out water when torrential rain flooded shops. Picture: ARCHANTThe fire brigade were called to Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, in July 1976, to pump out water when torrential rain flooded shops. Picture: ARCHANT

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