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Ape with broadsheet Evening Star mingles with the Ipswich public in 1970

PUBLISHED: 09:20 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:20 05 June 2017

Not everything at the bus stop was quite as it usually was on this afternoon in 1970

Not everything at the bus stop was quite as it usually was on this afternoon in 1970

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Cinema in Ipswich has a rich history, with many theatres opening and closing across the town over the past century.

Strange headlines took over the front pages of the Evening Star in 1970Strange headlines took over the front pages of the Evening Star in 1970

The Odeon, which closed the doors to its Ipswich cinema in St Margaret’s Street in 2005, was known to get particularly creative with its advertising to help boost ticket sales for new films.

An interesting story about an ape army covered the front pages of the Evening StarAn interesting story about an ape army covered the front pages of the Evening Star

In the past, Ipswich town centre has seen a gigantic dragon roaming the streets to ahead of the release of Pete’s Dragon, as well as a giant boxing kangaroo.

This bus driver was in for a shockThis bus driver was in for a shock

These pictures look back to 1970 when a giant ape headed to the town and waited patiently amongst the public to board a bus.

Meeting with the public in Ipswich town centreMeeting with the public in Ipswich town centre

He had a copy of the Evening Star in hand - at a time when it was still a broadsheet - with a headline that read “Kill all humans!”

Residents of Ipswich looked on curiously as an ape waited for the busResidents of Ipswich looked on curiously as an ape waited for the bus

Perhaps not coincidentally, the unusual character was spotted just as 1970s blockbuster Beneath the Planet of the Apes was about to hit the silver screen across the nation.

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