Bedford was at its finest as a family town at the weekend. Maybe the sunshine makes most places look their best but I would have ranked Bedford ahead of any other town with our parks, the Embankment and Priory Marina among others attractions.
Bedford Park was packed on Saturday morning with long queues forming outside the re-opened cafe in the park. Well done to the new owners for putting on such a good show!
Kids’ faces were being painted and a young girl was talking about the pleasures of building mud slides and a house of twigs and leaves in the forest.
A little while later, I was confronted with painful memories of three of my recent sporting ‘challenges’.
I saw the last runners complete the Park Run and also some of the guys from Forces Fit handing out leaflets to those willing to take up their fitness challenge.
Then finally I completed an hour – well, maybe 30 minutes – of cardio tennis as part of the Lawn Tennis Association open day.
Political issues, both national and international, do not disappear when the sun comes out.
The pattern of life means that, for some, the weekend will have been full of personal sadness or grief.
Yet in the laughter of children and the happiness of families across our parks and open spaces, we can gather renewed hope and greater strength for those challenges.
Too sunny an attitude? Perhaps, but a welcome change from having to duck the mudslinging of national politics.