Poppy Shop, Armistice and Remembrance events in Bedford Borough

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Poppy wreath Photo credit Janice Elliot
South African Campaign Memorial, Bedford

There are a number of events planned to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in Bedford Borough in the coming days.

In addition, the Royal British Legion’s poppy shop is now open on Harpur Street in the former Tui shop.

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign. In 2018, over 40 million poppies were distributed by 40,000 volunteers, raising over £50million across the country to help support serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces community and their families.

Sunday 10 November- Remembrance Day wreath laying ceremony

The traditional wreath laying ceremony and march-past will be held at the War Memorial, Bedford Embankment at 11am.

After the wreath laying, the Parade will march down the Embankment, across the High Street and St Paul’s Square, finishing in Harpur Square.

Wreath laying ceremonies are also taking place at the Goldington Green War Memorial, the South African Campaign Memorial (outside the Swan Hotel), at Elstow Abbey, and in villages across the Borough.

There will be a memorial service at Kempston East Methodist Church at 2.30pm, followed by a procession and wreath laying at the War Memorial in the High Street.

Poppy Bridge
Last year, hundreds of knitted and crocheted poppies adorned the Suspension Bridge

Monday 11th November- Armistice Day commemoration and two-minute silence

There will be an Armistice Day Commemoration and two-minute silence at 11am. The event will be held in Riverside Square, Bedford.

Bedford Borough’s Armistice and Remembrance Day events are being conducted in association with the Royal British Legion and Bedford Borough Council.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said, “Remembrance and Armistice events bring us together in tribute to those who have lost their lives in conflict, and it is always extremely humbling to lay a wreath at the War Memorial on behalf of the Borough.

“All are invited to be part of these events, bringing us all together as a community in the spirit of Remembrance.”