Days Gone By - Do you remember Cane’s and Cindy’s nightclub?

The building on St Margarets Plain, Ipswich, when it was operating as Canes Picture: ALBERT GONZALE

The building on St Margarets Plain, Ipswich, when it was operating as Canes Picture: ALBERT GONZALES - Credit: Albert Gonzales

We take a look at the last 400 years at a popular Ipswich inn which was a pub, a nightclub and a Christian centre.

The interior of the then closed Cindy'�s nightclub at the former Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in April

The interior of the then closed Cindy'�s nightclub at the former Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in April 1993 Picture: RICHARD RACKHAM/ARCHANT - Credit: RICHARD RACKHAM/ARCHANT

St Margaret’s Plain in Ipswich, featured in a recent Days Gone By.

One of the buildings that had been there for centuries saw huge changes in the mid 1960s.

The Running Buck Inn dates back to at least 1689, it was also known as the Buck and the Roe Buck.

Carpenters, who had the huge task of building the nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in 196

Carpenters, who had the huge task of building the nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in 1965 Picture: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT - Credit: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT

Work started in 1965 to build a large log cabin style building behind the original inn, opening with bars and a restaurant early in 1966.


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In 1984 it became Cane’s and Cindy’s nightclub until suddenly closing in June 1991.

The building was purchased by the neighbouring Bethesda Baptist Church. The timber building was demolished in 1994 and the original inn converted to “The Key”, a Christian-based centre, which was opened in January 1999 by singer and broadcaster Paul Jones.

Carpenters, who had the huge task of building the nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in 196

Carpenters, who had the huge task of building the nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in 1965 Picture: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT - Credit: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT

Do you have memories of the building? If so send an e-mail here.

Carpenters, who had the huge task of building the nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in 196

Carpenters, who had the huge task of building the nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in 1965 Picture: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT - Credit: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT

The newly completed nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in January 1966 Pictures: IAN MCGRA

The newly completed nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in January 1966 Pictures: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT - Credit: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT

The newly completed nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in January 1966 Pictures: IAN MCGRA

The newly completed nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in January 1966 Pictures: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT - Credit: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT

The newly completed nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in January 1966 Pictures: IAN MCGRA

The newly completed nightclub at the Running Buck Inn, Ipswich, in January 1966 Pictures: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT - Credit: IAN MCGRATH/ARCHANT

The interior of the brightly painted Cindy’s nightclub as it was after closure in April 1993 Pictu

The interior of the brightly painted Cindys nightclub as it was after closure in April 1993 Picture: RICHARD RACKHAM/ARCHANT - Credit: RICHARD RACKHAM/ARCHANT

The interior of the brightly painted Cindy’s nightclub as it was after closure in April 1993 Pictu

The interior of the brightly painted Cindys nightclub as it was after closure in April 1993 Picture: RICHARD RACKHAM/ARCHANT - Credit: RICHARD RACKHAM/ARCHANT

Charles Clarke, from Bethesda Church, Ipswich, at a snow covered former nightclub site in November 1

Charles Clarke, from Bethesda Church, Ipswich, at a snow covered former nightclub site in November 1993. The Bethesda Church, at the corner of St Margarets Plain and Fonnereau Road, is in the background Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL/ARCHANT - Credit: RICHARD SNASDELL/ARCHANT

A dedication service in April 1993 when the neighbouring Bethesda Church, Ipswich, took over the sit

A dedication service in April 1993 when the neighbouring Bethesda Church, Ipswich, took over the site of the nightclub at the former Running Buck Inn, Ipswich Picture: JERRY TURNER/ARCHANT - Credit: Jerry Turner/Archant

A dedication service in April 1993 when the neighbouring Bethesda Church, Ipswich, took over the sit

A dedication service in April 1993 when the neighbouring Bethesda Church, Ipswich, took over the site of the nightclub at the former Running Buck Inn, Ipswich Picture: JERRY TURNER/ARCHANT - Credit: Jerry Turner/Archant

A dedication service in April 1993 when the neighbouring Bethesda Church, Ipswich, took over the sit

A dedication service in April 1993 when the neighbouring Bethesda Church, Ipswich, took over the site of the nightclub at the former Running Buck Inn, Ipswich Picture: JERRY TURNER/ARCHANT - Credit: Jerry Turner/Archant

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