Bedford is one of two major population centres in Bedfordshire, which between them are home to the majority of the county’s residents.
The town has changed dramatically since the Second World War. In addition to large housing developments and a population in car ownership, the population has become more diverse. Italian migrants were later followed by the first of the Asian workers, and more recently the local Polish community has grown.
Since 1978 there has been an annual Bedford River Festival, although there is footage of a River Pageant happening back in 1920. Parades by water and road are now enhanced by both historic demonstrations and music and dance events on stage.
The town’s large Italian community holds an annual festival too, where delicious food takes centre stage. The occasional international football match success can add impromptu celebrations in local streets.
The pages in this section of our website highlight a number of videos, photo compilations and short films showing Bedford over the past century, with a particular focus on the period from the early 20th Century until the end of the 1960s.
Thanks to David Mark from Pixabay for the image above.
Bedford – Now and Then
Uploaded to YouTube on 1 Sep 2016 by All Things Beds, Herts & Bucks.
A compilation of videos from Bedford Town Centre and Embankment from the mid-1960s, 1980, 2014 and 2015.
Page 2: Bedford – Now and Then 2 ➡
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