Remembrance and Armistice Events in Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council, the Bedford branch of the Royal British Legion and other partners are working together again this year on events to mark Remembrance Day and Armistice Day.

While last year these events had to take place on a much smaller scale, due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year they will return to their traditional format with members of the public invited to take part and pay their respects.

Sunday 14 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 South African Campaign Memorial (outside the Swan Hotel), at Elstow Abbey, and in villages across the Borough.

Kempston Town Council have arranged a Remembrance Service at Kempston East Methodist Church on Sunday 14November at 14.30, followed by a parade to the War Memorial for the silence and the laying of wreaths.

Thursday 11 November-Armistice Day Commemoration and Two-Minute Silence

There will be an Armistice Day Commemoration and two-minute silence in Riverside Square, Bedford. Members of the public are asked to arrive for 10.40am.

The RBL Poppy Shop at 20 Harpur Street will be offering tea and coffee, supplied by Morrisons, to all veterans after the Armistice Service.

While the Council and RBL are planning these more traditional Remembrance and Armistice services this year, they will continue to monitor government advice for mass gatherings to ensure the health and safety of participants, which remains the priority, and update accordingly.

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