Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Blimey, It's Hot Down Here! BBC Ipswich Man Hits City; British Radio Presenter Catches Up with 'The Mayor from Down Under'

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Blimey, It's Hot Down Here! BBC Ipswich Man Hits City; British Radio Presenter Catches Up with 'The Mayor from Down Under'

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Byline: Joel Gould joel.gould@qt.com.au

THE OTHER IPSWICH

Ipswich, Suffolk, is one of the UK's oldest towns and was founded in the 7th century.

Famous inhabitants have included Lord Nelson, Cardinal Wolsey and the artist Thomas Gainsborough.

The city was heavily bombed during the Second World War.

Its soccer team is nicknamed the Tractor Boys because of the region's large farming industry.

THE affinity between the two Ipswiches was there for all to see yesterday.

Mark Murphy, the BBC morning presenter from Ipswich in Suffolk visited Ipswich, Queensland, to catch up with his regular radio guest, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Mr Murphy got Cr Pisasale on the show for the first time around a decade ago to talk about the cricket.

"It must have been a time when England were doing quite well...we can just about remember those days," he grinned.

"All the Aussies back home had done a runner so someone said, 'There is an Ipswich in Queensland. Let's get the mayor on'.

"That's how it began, and we dubbed him 'The Mayor Down Under'."

Cr Pisasale is now a regular guest when Australian topics need covering.

"We've got a lot in common, because the two towns are very similar," Mr Murphy said.

"Sometimes in the past both Ipswiches have not had the best of reputations, but both are improving and doing incredibly well."

After the 2011 floods The Ipswich Star, Ipswich Building Society and Rotary clubs in the UK's Ipswich collected funds to help with the clean-up.

"So we feel very close," Mr Murphy said.

"There are news stories that we hear of in England about things happening in Australia but, when you see the Ipswich tag, there is a subliminal link."

Cr Pisasale insists "there is only one thing better than Ipswich, and that is having two Ipswiches".

"I visited Suffolk with my daughter Lisa and, when Mark put us on the radio, I was amazed at the number of listeners that rang up who had an affinity with both Ipswiches," he said. …

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