Monthly column: Celebrating St George’s Day and the King’s Coronation

St George's Cross flag flying outside Bedford Borough Hall. Image: Bedford Borough Council

Tomorrow is Election Day. Don’t worry I am not going to talk about that. Apart from reminding you, Polling Stations are open from 7am until 10pm and that you need to take photographic ID this year. You can find a list of acceptable ID here

It was great to see so many people come to watch the Bedford and Ouse Valley District Scouts St. George’s Day Parade in Bedford town centre the weekend before last. Thank you to everyone involved in organising the event. We also, of course, flew the English flag at both Borough Hall and the Old Town Hall.

Mayor Dave Hodgson in ceremonial dress with Scout leaders in front of Bedford's Castle Mound at the St George's Day parade 2023
Mayor Dave Hodgson in ceremonial dress with Scout leaders at the St George’s Day parade 2023. Image: Bedford Borough Council

This coming weekend, we will be celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III.

The Coronation of a new Monarch will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for many of us.

To celebrate the Coronation there will be a special Craft Market in Bedford town centre on Saturday. There will be live performances, balloon modelling and face painting in Harpur Square. The Harpur Centre will also be running Coronation Crown making sessions between 10am-4pm.

There are a number of family activities at all the libraries across the Borough. Crafts include creating royal bookmarks, window decorations, and scratch art. You can find out more including what is on when at

There is also a Coronation trail across Bedford town centre. We will, of course, be flying the Union Flag at both Borough Hall and the Old Town Hall for the Coronation.

As well as street parties on Saturday, Bromham Mill will be showing the Coronation – followed by a screening of Paddington the film.

There are also events on Sunday 7 May including a Coronation Picnic at Elstow Playing Field from 12pm and Christ the King, on Harrowden Road will be holding an event from 2pm.

Podington Parish Council have arranged a Service of Thanksgiving in the Church at 11am, which will be followed by a village parade from12:15pm and a Village Fete at 1pm and then the lighting of the Beacon at 7pm after a ‘Chippy Tea’ and before a production of ‘George and the Dragon’.

Wilstead will be holding a Coronation celebration on Monday 8 May at Wilstead Jubilee Centre and Playing field between 12-4pm. There will be many other events, please do check what is on in your local areas.

This is a monthly guest column provided by elected
Mayor Dave Hodgson (Liberal Democrats). It is published unedited and
does not reflect the views of the Bedford Independent.