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

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

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

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

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

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

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 unviels a plaque as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RIC

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

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 unviels a plaque as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RIC

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

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

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

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

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 unviels a plaque as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RIC

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


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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 unviels a plaque as she opens Princes Street Fire Station in 1982 Picture: RIC

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

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

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

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