Monthly column: Celebrating our communities

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Mayor Dave speaking at the Street Iftar in Bedford on Thursday 28 April

One of things I am most proud of is the diversity of, and cohesion between, our communities.

Last week, thanks to Bedford Islam, we saw Bedford’s first Street Iftar take place.

The Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset, breaking the fast at the time of the call to prayer for the evening prayer.

The Street Iftar enabled Muslims and non-Muslims to come together to celebrate and allow our communities to better understand each other. It was so good to see so many people at Iftar from all of our communities.

On Monday our Muslim community celebrated Eid Al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan. Eid Mubarak to all those who celebrated.

Today (Tuesday), we have been flying the Polish Flag at the Old Town Hall to celebrate Constitution Day which commemorates the enactment of the Polish Constitution that came into effect on 3rd May 1791.

On the weekend before last we flew the English flag at both Borough Hall and the Old Town Hall for St. George’s Day.

The St George Cross flying outside Borough Hall in Bedford to commemorate St George’s Day 2022

I also attended the Bedford and Ouse Valley District Scouts at the Leslie Sell Activity Centre in Bromham for their St. George’s Day celebrations. It was great to see so many children (and adults) enjoying activities as diverse as archery, caving, go-karting and an easter egg hunt to more traditional scouting activities such as building A-frames and knot tying.

In a few weeks we will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and there will be a number of events taking place across the Borough. The Borough has waived the fee for road closures to enable residents to hold street parties. There will also be a Beacon lighting at Castle Mound and a number of events at our libraries and at The Higgins Bedford.

Please look out for information about Platinum Jubilee events on my social media, the Council’s social media and also on Bedford Independent.