Ipswich Buttermarket centre marks 25th anniversary with music, dance and stilt walkers

Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich, celebrates 25th anniversary with Ipswich School of Dance perf

Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich, celebrates 25th anniversary with Ipswich School of Dance performance. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

The Buttermarket in Ipswich marked its 25th anniversary on Saturday with a special celebration event throughout the day.

Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich, celebrate 25th anniversary - manager, Andrew Wilcox with Ruby

Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich, celebrate 25th anniversary - manager, Andrew Wilcox with Ruby Chevous (left) and Emme Holland (right). Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

The popular shopping and leisure space opened on October 1, 1992 after a £64 million build.

Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich, celebrates 25th anniversary - manager Andrew Wilcox with Ange

Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich, celebrates 25th anniversary - manager Andrew Wilcox with Angel Grey (left) and Lily Holland (right). Picture:NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

On Saturday, following a raft of developments over the last two years which has brought fresh names such as Empire, Cosy Club and Byron Burger, the centre celebrated the occasion with a raft of entertainment including face painting and a special cake.

Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich, celebrates 25th anniversary - Annanya Ghate getting her face

Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich, celebrates 25th anniversary - Annanya Ghate getting her face painted by Ellen Steensma of Wild Raspberry. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

The Ipswich School of Dancing lined up a series of performances, live bands were playing to shoppers, Top Bananas stilt-walking display and magician and mind-reader Michael Gee.

Ipswich School of Dance performance to mark the 25th anniversary of the Buttermarket shopping centre

Ipswich School of Dance performance to mark the 25th anniversary of the Buttermarket shopping centre. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

A spokeswoman from the event said: “We have been very busy, and given that the centre is 25-years-old it is looking better than ever.

Boots is the only original store still open from the selection of shops and restaurants that opened

Boots is the only original store still open from the selection of shops and restaurants that opened initially back in 1992. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

“I think people are celebrating that with us, and we have had so many comments about how good the centre looks.”

In March 2015, The Buttermarket was bought by Capital & Regional and Drum Property Group for �9.2 mi

In March 2015, The Buttermarket was bought by Capital & Regional and Drum Property Group for �9.2 million. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The opening of the Buttermarket in October 1992. Picture: ARCHANT

The opening of the Buttermarket in October 1992. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant


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