Paul Hutchinson is co-director of Bedford Film Festival and the Managing Editor of the Bedford Independent, a new hyperlocal online news desk, dedicated to Bedford Borough.  The website will launch in early November, although you can already follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Name: Paul Hutchinson

Occupation: Managing Editor, Bedford Independent

Born here or blow in? Blew in about 15 years ago.

Best thing about Bedford? Its can-do community spirit.

Best place to get a coffee or cuppa?  A tough question as we have so many excellent places for coffee. There are three that I frequent more than others: Coffee With Art, Vanilla Tree and La Piazza.

Best breakfast? For scrambled eggs and scenery it has to be The Longholme. For eggs Benedict it has to be Pavilion in the Park. I like eggs for breakfast.

The one place you’d recommend to visitors?  There’s no way I could just recommend one place. For walks and scenery: The Embankment, Bedford Park or Priory Country Park. For history and culture, obviously The Higgins; for music, Esquires; for food and drink head to St. Cuthbert’s Street for Herd, Beerfly, and Bears & Tales.

Ever read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress? Yes and I recently gave a copy to some friends who moved here too.

Bedford’s best boozer? The Devonshire Arms in Dudley Street.

Best Bedfordian? James Pharaoh. He and his team organise the fourth largest fringe festival in the country every year (Bedfringe) and have done so for over a decade. It attracts some great names in comedy and theatre to Bedford, and he does it all in his free time.

Ever eaten a Bedfordshire Clanger?  Yes although I don’t remember being particular keen to eat another. Maybe I need to try another one.

Three words that sum up Bedford: Beautiful, brilliant, and under-appreciated. Cheating a little with a hyphenated word but it’s true. We’ve a lot more going on than people often realise.

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