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Pictures from the past: Do you remember Bury St Edmunds’ Rendezvous Centa youth club?

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Former members of the Rendezvous Centa youth club in Bury St Edmunds are invited to a 70s-style trip down memory lane as they meet up again – after more than 40 years.

The reunion is being planned as part of the ‘Loving The 70s’ exhibition at Moyse’s Hall, which opens tomorrow (July 5), and will detail the influential decade through a collection of local 70s memorabilia, oral histories, photographs, documents, films and recordings.

The club, initially known as The Centa, was a favourite haunt for young people, aged 16-21, after opening on the old parade ground of the Gibraltar Barracks, in Newmarket Road, in 1970.

John Stemp, aged 76, was a youth worker at the club from 1972-1986.

He said: “Most came on foot but some of the boys would also come along and service their prized motorbikes in the workshop, while the girls would spend hours beautifying themselves in the special powder room, which was full of mirrors and seating furniture.”

He added: “There was never any trouble, apart from the odd skirmish over who played their LP next on the record player. But hopefully that wouldn’t happen at a reunion, because everyone, I imagine, would bring their latest CDs, or iPod.”

Anyone interested in attending the reunion should email Savingthe70s@westsuffolk.gov.uk

Moyse’s Hall is one of 11 museums across Suffolk and Hertfordshire to join forces for the two-year umbrella: ‘Saving the 70s’ project, led by the Association of Suffolk Museums.

The project has been awarded a £247,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund with the overall aim to build up a picture of the 1970s across the two counties to assess how it has impacted the life we know today.

Moyse’s exhibition will focus on leisure and entertainment.

 

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