We are saddened to announce the sudden death of Bedford legend, Ian “Waggy” Wagstaff, also known to some as The Colonel, on Wednesday 13 April – known to so many in the town.
Born in May 1952, Waggy enjoyed a happy childhood, surrounded by a loving family.
Waggy was a member of Bedford Boys Club, and was encouraged to pursue a successful amateur boxing career, which saw him winning many awards and titles in over 200 bouts.
Having entered both the building & hospitality trades, Waggy lived abroad and in other parts of the UK, before returning to Bedford and becoming landlord of the Flower Pot Public House in Tavistock Street, between 1999 -2005. – a dream job!
In later years, he could be seen working behind the bar at The Three Cups, Newnham Street.
A constant member of the Bedford drinking social scene, you would find him most days in either The Ship or The Castle where he enjoyed a pint and a chat.
Happy to talk with anyone, he will be sorely missed by all who know him.
Waggy’s funeral details, or ‘celebration of life’ as the family wish it to be known, have yet to be finalised.
However, the family can confirm the Wake will take place at The Ship, St Cuthbert’s Street with further details being released via social media in due course.
All his many friends are welcome at both the funeral service and Wake but if you are unable to attend for any reason please raise a glass in his memory.
Waggy requested that bright colours only for the funeral, he wanted it to be a joyous occasion in his memory.