Bedford Borough marks Remembrance Sunday with events in Bedford

One hundred years since the end of the Great War

Bedford Borough joins communities across the country this weekend in marking 100 years since the end of the First World War on 11th November 1918

In addition to acts of Remembrance across the Borough, Bedford town centre is hosting a number of events to mark this centenary.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:

“This weekend, we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, and come together in remembrance of members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in active service.

“We will also pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces and veterans for their service. Everyone is invited, joining with communities across the country, lighting our beacon and remembering.”

Festival of Remembrance at Bedford Corn Exchange

Friday 9th November, starting at 7.30pm

This is an evening of music, song, poetry performed by a cast of choirs and musicians who are all volunteering their time for an unforgettable evening.

All proceeds will go towards the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Tickets are available for purchase from the Corn Exchange.

Multi-faith Service of Thanksgiving

Saturday 10th November, at 2.30pm

Held at St Peter’s Church in association with Royal British Legion, Bedford Council of Faiths and The Parish Church of St Peter De Merton with St Cuthbert.

Commemorative bench

Saturday 10th November, at 10:00

A commemorative bench will be unveiled on The Embankment opposite the War Memorial. A 24-hour vigil will begin at 11am with volunteers standing at the War Memorial on The Embankment, until at 11am on Sunday 11th November.

The Remembrance Sunday Service will take place at the War Memorial on The Embankment at 11am.

Beacon to be lit

A beacon will be lit at the War Memorial on The Embankment joining hundreds of other across the United Kingdom, following a lighting of a beacon by the Queen. Members of public are asked to arrive by 6.45pm, with the beacon lighting scheduled for just after 7pm, following The Last Post.