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Do you remember when the Duke of Gloucester re-opened Ipswich's revamped Corn Exchange in 1975?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 June 2017

The packed Grand Hall in the Corn Exchange on the day of the re-opening

The packed Grand Hall in the Corn Exchange on the day of the re-opening

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The Corn Exchange has a long and rich history in Ipswich dating back to 1880.

The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, arriving for the grand re-openingThe Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, arriving for the grand re-opening

After years of trade, 1975 saw the grand re-opening of the Corn Exchange with the Duke of Gloucester leading proceedings.

A brass band performing during the opening ceremonyA brass band performing during the opening ceremony

When the Corn Exchange opened in 1882, corn merchants would take to the building every Tuesday to trade. The site was also used on a couple of days in the week as a provisions market.

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is given a tour around one of the art galleries inside The Corn ExchangePrince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is given a tour around one of the art galleries inside The Corn Exchange

However, 1970 brought attempts of change, with plans to move the market out of the Corn Exchange and into a failing shopping complex away from the town.

Children get to the front of the crowd to welcome the Duke of Gloucester to IpswichChildren get to the front of the crowd to welcome the Duke of Gloucester to Ipswich

But it did not go as smoothly as expected with traders not wanting to go. The stallholders were eventually locked out and occupied the Cornhill, continuing to trade from there.

Crowds lined the streets around the Cornhill ahead of the re-opening of the Ipswich Corn ExchangeCrowds lined the streets around the Cornhill ahead of the re-opening of the Ipswich Corn Exchange

Five years on and the Corn Exchange was converted to an entertainment complex and was officially reopened, with art galleries and a theatre added to the historic town centre building.

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