A few false starts but Bedford gets Christmas started with spectacular fireworks

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Patient crowds were treated to a spectacular firework display last night as Bedford officially started the festive season with its Christmas Lights switch on celebrations over the River Great Ouse.

The event was supposed to be a water based spectacle with a review of the year projected onto a waterfall in the middle of the River Great Ouse.

But technical problems with the water pump meant this part of the display failed.

Organisers ploughed on though and delivered a colourful and spectacular fireworks that wowed the crowds. Yes it was cold, yes it took a little while to get started, but if the cheers at the end of the display are anything to go by, Christmas has arrived in Bedford.

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