NOSTALGIA: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, November 15

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PICTURES FROM THE PAST: This week’s photograph shows Mildenhall School of Ballet members on a carnival float in June 1993.

Mildenhall’s annual carnival took on a continental air that year as colourful floats made their way through the town.



Young and old entered into the spirit of the occasion and, just weeks after Mildenhall officially twinned with Luc-Sur-Mer in Normandy, proudly took up the European theme.

The parade made its way from the town’s industrial estate to the Jubilee Fields, where displays of falconry enthralled the crowds and there was knockabout by teams taking part in the Its a Knockout contest.

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10 years ago

Brewing company Green King had been left red-faced over a new colour scheme at one of its Bury St Edmunds pubs, which had been deemed ‘historically inappropriate’. Green King was served with a Listed Building Enforcement Notice stating the wrong shade of blue had been used to paint the exterior of The Grapes, in Brentgovel Street. St Edmundsbury Borough Council planning officers had taken exception to the light blue paintwork adorning the windows, doors and cornices. The pub was not a listed building but was within the town centre conservation area. A Greene King spokeswoman said the company planned to submit an appeal and would respect the outcome of that.

25 years ago

Customers at Stowmarket Post Office were greeted with a glass of sherry in celebration of the Ipswich Street office’s 50th birthday. In its 50 years, the post office’s role had changed considerably. It was originally responsibility for items like telegrams and the telephone service but, at the time of celebrating, housed four separate divisions.

50 years ago

Work on large-scale improvements to the Swan Hotel, in Lavenham, were under way. The building project was to take place over two years and would see the number of bedrooms increase from 16, two with private baths, to 28, all with private baths.


Hiltons, in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, was offering ‘drastic price cuts’ with men’s boots available from 12s 11d and school boots from 6s.

Axle shafts from Mann Egerton & Co in St Andrew’s South, Bury, cost 15s.

Plain cotton pillow cases cost from 8¾d to 2s 9d each at E Pretty & Co’s, in Bury.