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Official opening of the new St John Ambulance Hall in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 21:14 12 August 2018 | UPDATED: 21:14 12 August 2018

Can you spot yourself or someone you know in this picture? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Can you spot yourself or someone you know in this picture? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

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Today we are looking back to 1981 and the official opening of the new St John Ambulance Hall in Samuel Court, Ipswich.

Do you have any memories of Duke of Gloucester opening the new St John Ambulance Hall in Ipswich? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDo you have any memories of Duke of Gloucester opening the new St John Ambulance Hall in Ipswich? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

The Duke of Gloucester - the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II - made a speech and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

Duke of Gloucester speaks to members of the St John Ambulance during the opening of the new hall in 1981 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDuke of Gloucester speaks to members of the St John Ambulance during the opening of the new hall in 1981 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Pictures were captured on the day as he enjoyed a tour of the centre and was introduced to the many St John Ambulance volunteers based at the new centre.

Duke of Gloucester unviels a plaque as he opens the new St John Ambulance Hall in 1981 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDuke of Gloucester unviels a plaque as he opens the new St John Ambulance Hall in 1981 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

The St John Ambulance Association was founded in 1877 to provide first aid training and still runs today with 2,500 plus staff and over 15,000 volunteers making it the nation’s leading first aid charity

Did you attend the opening over 30 years ago? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDid you attend the opening over 30 years ago? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Every year, more than 400,000 people learn how to save a life through their training programmes, including hundreds of thousands of young people.

Duke of Gloucester arrives arrives in Ipswich as he opens the new St John Ambulance Hall Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDuke of Gloucester arrives arrives in Ipswich as he opens the new St John Ambulance Hall Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Were you one of the St John Ambulance staff at the hall when it opened in 1981?


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