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Council tight-lipped on Royal tour plans

PUBLISHED: 11:59 28 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

IPSWICH businesses are waiting with baited breath to hear exactly when Her Majesty The Queen will visit next summer. The Queen will visit the town, and Bury St Edmunds, as one of the highlights of her Golden Jubilee tour.

IPSWICH businesses are waiting with baited breath to hear exactly when Her Majesty The Queen will visit next summer.

The Queen will visit the town, and Bury St Edmunds, as one of the highlights of her Golden Jubilee tour.

It is believed she will arrive in Suffolk on either July 17 or 18 and Ipswich will want to show off its best attractions.

For security reasons, the confirmation of the date and the Queen's actual activities will not be known until next May or June at the

earliest, an Ipswich Borough Council spokesman confirmed today.

That is usual practice for any royal visit, with Buckingham Palace reluctant to divulge any information too early, in case of a change in the Jubilee programme.

As The Evening Star revealed in later editions yesterday, it is believed she will tour Ipswich's blossoming waterfront area and visit the Town Hall and Corn Exchange, just as she did on her last visit in 1977.

There have been recent calls for the Town Hall to be given a much- needed facelift, which it is thought could cost up to £2 million, but there are not yet any plans for the buildings to receive a lick of paint or be sandblasted in preparation for the visit.

A council spokesman confirmed that until the date is confirmed, all plans for the royal visit will remain on hold.

The aim is to wait and see and then, once the exact details are known, the council will finalise an action plan.

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