Bedford College students step in to repair musical chimes


The much-loved musical steps on Harpur Street in Bedford town centre are receiving some much-needed TLC thanks to engineering students at Bedford College.

The chimes were recently damaged when a delivery lorry reversed over them and the mechanism has been taken to Bedford College to be repaired by engineering students.

The steps and whirlpool last received attention in 2019, when the Bedford Repair Cafe (formerly BedPop Repair Shop) gave them some ‘running repairs’ after both had become damaged.

Read: BedPop Repair Shop fixes much-loved musical steps and whirlpool

Cllr Henry Vann, portfolio holder for town centres said: “The musical chimes are being repaired by Bedford College students as part of an exciting engineering department project when term restarts in September.

“Once complete, we will then get them back into place in the town centre.

“This solution is win:win and enables the students to work on an interesting project, restoring this feature in our town centre.”

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