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Ipswich Town Hall marks 150th anniversary with open day event

PUBLISHED: 13:35 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:40 24 January 2018

Ipswich Town Hall. Picture: JOHN NORMAN

Ipswich Town Hall. Picture: JOHN NORMAN

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Ipswich Town Hall is marking its 150th anniversary with a special open day this Sunday.

The Ipswich Town Hall in 1951. The small car park in front of the Town Hall was used by visitors to the Town Hall and  shoppers. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVEThe Ipswich Town Hall in 1951. The small car park in front of the Town Hall was used by visitors to the Town Hall and shoppers. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE

From 10am-3pm on Sunday, the hall will feature exhibitions, tours of the Mayor’s parlour and the chance to win a community takeover of part of the space.

A special birthday cake featuring 150 candles is also being prepared.

Celebrations will continue through the year with tea dances, a teddy bear picnic, guided walks and digitalised storytelling sessions.

Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber said: “I am sure many Ipswich people will come along to the open day to celebrate this special anniversary and it would be wonderful to welcome people who have never stepped inside before.”

The current Town Hall was opened by mayor John Patteson Cobbold on January 28 1868, and stands on the site that was previously occupied by St Mildred’s Church – a landmark mentioned in the Domesday Book.


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