Stunning Remembrance displays around Bedford

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Poppy displays
Photo by Emma Garrett

As Armistace Day and Remembrance Sunday approach, some beautiful poppy displays can be seen in and around Bedford as a reminder of all those who have given their lives for our country, 101 years since the end of the First World War.

One of the most stunning is outside Kempston East Methodist Church on Bedford Road, photographed by one of our readers.

The Kempston East Methodist Church display is floodlit at night

“Remembrance is timeless”, said the church’s Reverend Peter Byass.

“Everyone has relatives from their great-great-grandparents’ generation onwards whose lives were touched by the heroism and tragedy of military actions, and for some, events are more raw and recent.

“Our display reminds everyone passing by just how important it is to remember them.”

Following last year’s yarn-bombing of the Suspension Bridge, hundreds of crocheted and knitted poppies have ‘popped up’ on the Victorian bandstand on Mill Meadows.

Poppy display
The hand-made poppies look stunning in the Autumn sunshine (photo by Emma Garrett)

We’d love to know who has created this beautiful tribute, so if you know the knitters responsible, please get in touch.

Here’s a reminder of last year’s display created by Verity Slaughter-Penney and other local knitting and craft groups.

There are a number of events taking place this Remembrance Sunday and on Monday to commemorate Armistice Day.

Read: Poppy Shop, Armistice and Remembrance events in Bedford Borough

If you still need to buy a poppy, the Royal British Legion poppy shop is open in Harpur Street, near the entrance to the Old Arcade, raising funds to support former service men and women.