Gavin and Stacey star James Corden threw himself into the opening celebrations for the Salvation Army’s Woolpack Hub.
The actor and comedian took part in football matches before sharing a joke with the crowds attending the mini-festival day.
The Woolpack Hub, in Commercial Road, is in the former pub building of the same name and now operates as a cafe and community centre, with rooms available for local clubs and businesses to hire.
It is run by Major Cliff and Joy Allchin who said the fun day went “wonderfully well”.
Major Allchin said: “James Corden’s uncle, Roger Collins, was part of the Salvation Army and had the initial vision to convert the building, but unfortunately he passed away.
“His aunt and uncle still live in Bedford and James was here more as a member of the family than a TV star.”
He added: “He was really good, especially with the youngsters who took part in the football competition and found themselves playing with James Corden.”
After the match the 35-year-old co-writer and star of the BBC sitcom presented medals to the winners of the day’s sporting competitions.
Major Allchin said: “I am led to believe that the man who inspired the character of Smithy was there. He is a friend of the family, and still lives in Bedford.”
The fun day also saw Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgeson and Richard Fuller MP taking part in a penalty shoot out, along with various community groups laying on entertainment and refreshments for visitors.
Major Allchin added: “I would like to say a big thank you to all who helped and had such a fun time.”
For more information about the Woolpack Hub go to www.bedfordsalvationarmy.org.uk