Big tidy up ahead of river festival

Tidy up for River Festival

Tidy up for River Festival

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Staff from Bedford town centre businesses have been busy tidying up for this weekend’s river festival.

The Harpur Centre, Marks and Spencer, Boots, Santander, Greggs and EE led the way in weeding and cleaning prior to the weekend spectacular.

The idea was to spruce up the town centre prior to the arrival of 250,000 visitors over Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17.

Harpur Centre manager Sam Laycock said: “The Healthy High Streets local team had a great response from businesses large and small to join in and tidy up the area around their premises so Bedford looks better for the biggest event in the town calendar.”

Joining them was Christina Rowe from Bedford Business Improvement District (BID) which welcomed the initiative.

She said: “BedfordBID’s role is to promote the town centre far and wide and it helps if we have a smart shopping area when visitors arrive.”

Other businesses taking part were The Fragrance Shop, Fraser Hart, Tesco, Timpson and McDonald’s. Follow @harpurcentre on Twitter.

>> Special train services will be operating throughout the weekend on the Marston Vale Line Bedford to Bletchley line. The normal Saturday timetable will operate, and there will be a

late evening ‘Fireworks Flyer’ leaving Bedford at 11.10pm. Sunday will see an hourly service, with some trains running to MK Central.

Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership will be having a stand in the Waterspace Village.

Visit www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk/trains-to- the-bedford- river-festival