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John Peel Centre in Stowmarket reopens

Inside the John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
Image caption A new mezzanine floor has been built at the arts centre in Stowmarket

The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts is to reopen following the completion of the final stage of building work.

A mezzanine floor, two bars, toilets and wooden dancefloor are among the £1m additions at the Stowmarket venue, which closed in July.

It will reopen on Friday night and hold a series of "test events" before a grand opening in the spring.

Andy Stringer, chairman of the centre, said: "It looks radically different to six months ago."

Radio 1 DJ Peel lived in the Stowmarket area for many years before his death in 2004.

The 220 capacity venue, which used to be the Corn Exchange, will be run by a community interest company.

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