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True gentleman Kenny Barker was a “Cornhill legend” who brightened up people’s lives by chatting to them as he sold newspapers, the 89-year-old’s great niece has said.
Fondly known as Mr Ipswich, Kenny was due to celebrate his 90th birthday in June and his 29th wedding anniversary with his wife Janet later this year.
He died on Wednesday morning with his family, including his great niece Annie Lennox, 29, around him.
Paying tribute to “an incredible man”, Ms Lennox said Kenny was “one of a kind”.
“He was Mr Ipswich in every sense of the word. He was the heart and soul of the town and is most well known for selling newspapers like the Star on the Cornhill.
“He would stop and talk to people and chat with them in the street. He was a part of everyone in Ipswich.
“Kenny was loved by all of his family and made his mark on everyone he met.
She added: “He would sing songs to himself and whistle as he worked.”
Born in Browning Road, Whitton, he was involved in an accident with a bus at a young age which left him with lasting brain damage.
But this did not hold his “heartwarming” personality from shining through, Ms Lennox said, and he went on to take on a number of jobs around the town.
Aside from selling the Star he also tried his hand at professions like pot washing and completing odd jobs for tradesmen.
Although he did not have any children, he married his wife Janet nearly 30 years ago.
“He was an odd jobs man and tried to help everyone where he could,” Ms Lennox said.
“My great uncle was a true gentleman and that was evident right up to the very end.
“He was an incredible man who was one of a kind.
“A true Ipswich and Cornhill legend.”
The 29-year-old, who is currently studying at university, said she and other members of Kenny’s family have approached her to suggest erecting a statue or plaque for him.
Feel free to comment on IPSWI.1 week, 1 day ago #4053
Not everyone agrees with the idea of a statue… but I am liking that more than the four ugly urinal pillars!
A plaque might be more suitable. Some fresh ideas for the Cornhill are welcome. Don’t like the Ipswich Vision chosen design at all!1 week, 1 day ago #4054
so there You have the answer to what to put on the Cornhill instead of the stone column things currentlY planned;
Statue 1, Mr Ipswich KennY B,
Statue 2, Mr Ipswich, P Geater,
Statue 3, Mr Ipswich, P Clements
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,1 week, 1 day ago #4060
O: “Paul, can you stand here really still for 5 minutes?”
P: “In this cement, just for 5 minutes?”
O: “Yes in the cement, but for 5 hours…”
P: “Okay, but do you have to spray the cement up on to my legs…?”
Would it be cruel to suggest Ben G being the fourth?1 week ago #4063
well yes, Ben G could be the fourth, he has pretty much rebuilt Ipswich, brick by brick, single handedly, over the last few years,
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,1 week ago #4065
I think a statue would be more fitting for him at Stoke Bridge next to the phone box, with him pointing towards his vanity bridge.
This pose.. ^ Image copyright Ipswich Star.1 week ago #4070
yes, perhaps even pointing at the “we can spend £20m on road improvements that make no improvement, we can spend millions on bridges we don’t need and we can spend £3m on a bit of green paving and some steps on the Cornhill, but we can’t get this damned thing painted, repaire or removed” phone box!!!
very angry now, don't like inappropriate censorship,1 week ago #4073
We need a Banksy piece of art… (other artists available!)
Don’t remind me of all the investment Ipswich has seen but been poured down the drain… it is only in these instances where the drains manage successfully to get rid of the unwanted product.
I am so frustrated about what could have been – I am generally highly critical of both councils but the initial plans for the waterfront (except University!) were actually rather sound.
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