These headlines appeared in the Bury Free Press on this week in years gone by.
10 years ago:
Bury St Edmunds was named the sixth best place to shop in East Anglia, according to an annual top of the shops league. But town Chamber of Commerce chairman Robert Houlton-Hart said he hoped Bury would be putting up a fight for the top spot once the Cattle Market redevelopment was in place. The 2003 retail ranking survey, by Experian, placed Norwich as the best place to shop in the region but Bury was rated above the Grafton Centre in Cambridge, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Newmarket .
25 years ago:
Business was booming in Mildehall and Lakenheath, with prospective customers being turned away. Two hotels were planning to build extensions to cash in on the unprecedented demand. The withdrawal of temporary lodging allowance for American service families in some private accommodation and an influx of employees of firms carrying out contract work on the bases were among factors credited for the boom.
50 years ago:
Houses in Northgate Street, Alexandra Cottages and Long Brackland were to become the latest casualties of slum clearance in Bury St Edmunds. It was reported they would be pulled down if the Minister of Housing confirmed the clearance orders which had been approved by the public health committee.