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Days Gone BY: A royal visit to open an Ipswich fire station

PUBLISHED: 07:30 02 July 2018

Duchess of Gloucester unviels a plaque as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Duchess of Gloucester unviels a plaque as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

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Today we are looking back to 1982 and the official opening of the new fire station in Ipswich's Princes Street

Duchess of Gloucester speaks to fireman as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDuchess of Gloucester speaks to fireman as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

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

Duchess of Gloucester opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDuchess of Gloucester opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

She also enjoyed a tour of the station during her visit to Ipswich, she was shown around the two-storey station by the fire crews on duty that day.

Duchess of Gloucester is introduced to fireman for the opening Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDuchess of Gloucester is introduced to fireman for the opening Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

She was shown the three engines based there and other equipment used in emergnecy situtations.

Do you have any memories of Duchess of Gloucester opening the Princes Street Fire Station in Ipswich? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDo you have any memories of Duchess of Gloucester opening the Princes Street Fire Station in Ipswich? Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

At the time, the station had 48 full-time and 11 on-call firefighters, with up to 12 personnel on duty at any one time.

Duchess of Gloucester is greeted by a young girl as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDuchess of Gloucester is greeted by a young girl as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Were you a firefighter based at the station when it opened in 1982? Perhaps you worked there in later years either as an on-call firefighter or a whole time crew member.

Duchess of Gloucester arrives in Ipswich as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLDuchess of Gloucester arrives in Ipswich as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

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