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Welcome to Lutonshire sign.
Plans have been revealed that could see the county of Bedfordshire renamed to Lutonshire. The suggestion comes due to some believing that it's time Luton had a go at being county town...
Bedford Borough Council say they're in "continuing discussions" with the owners of the former Beales and Debenhams sites in Bedford Town Centre to determine what...
New benches overlook the River Great Ouse on Bedford's Embankment
Like many in town I enjoy walking along the embankment and appreciate it as a major leisure asset of our town, however, does it really deserve to be elevated above many other...
Santa will be paying a flying visit to Kempston on Sunday (27 November) to switch on the Christmas lights and get the festive season started. The fun-filled festive day will...
Christmas lights
Bedford High Street will be closed overnight next week so that the town's Christmas lights can be installed safely. Bedford Borough Council will be putting up the lights between...
BBC Look East West title card Image-BBC
Concerns have been raised about TV news coverage in Bedford and the surrounding area after the BBC announced it is closing its news desk in Cambridge. The BBC's Look East programme...
Tributes have been paid to a Kempston man who died at the weekend after becoming injured in the street. Flowers were left at the site in Bedford Road where he was found...
Castle Mound slide (April Fool 2022)
Bedford's Castle Mound is getting upgraded to become part of a new tourist attraction which will see a slide installed in the centre of town. The slide, which will use the mound's natural...
Bedford Suspension bridge and St Paul's Church
Bedford has ranked second in a poll of the best places to live in Bedfordshire in this year's Muddy Stilettos' website poll. The county town came second only to Ampthill out of the eight...
Scaffolding has gone up at The Blue Monk to restore the shop front as part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zone
Scaffolding has been raised and work has begun to restore the heritage of buildings in Bedford Town Centre as part of the Borough Council’s High Street Heritage Action Zone...
Bedford Borough leaders and councillors have accused the government of letting down the residents of Kempston after the town missed out on 'levelling up' funding in...
St Paul's Square, Bedford
Local businesses have welcomed the latest phase of High Street improvement works which began on the east side of St Paul's Square on Sunday (19 September). Following consultation with...