At 8pm on Thursday 26 March, thousands of people from Bedford Borough took to their front gardens, windows and streets to simultaneously send a message of thanks to all the frontline workers.
They joined millions around the UK to applaud the NHS staff and other essential workers who are fighting on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.
From vuvuzelas in Harrold to wolf-whistles in Putnoe, the communities of Bedford came together to show their appreciation.
Residents in high-rise flats flashed their lights to join in too.
Social media became overwhelmed with videos of streets and villages full of neighbours – for many it was the first time they’d met and for others it was the first time they’d seen each other for many days.
“Well done Kempston. Could hear so many people clapping and cheering,” said one Facebook post. “Brickhill smashed it!” said another.
Same time next Thursday, Bedford?