History talk: war is over for town

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Royal visitors and aeronautical engineers are the focus of a history talk based on wartime Queen’s Park.

Historian Maurice Nicholson is delivering the second part of his First World War lectures looking at the western area of Bedford.

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Titled The War is Over, the illustrated talk covers the final years of the conflict and its aftermath in the early 1920s.

It will include the only Zeppelin raid on Bedford in 1917 and the greater employment of female workers in factories such as WH Allen.

In 1918, King George V and Queen Mary visited WH Allen in recognition of the part they played in the war effort and this royal visit will be covered in detail.

Through research in the archives and local papers, including the Bedfordshire Times, Mr Nicholson will explore the impact the Great War had on the neighbourhood including personal stories of Queen’s Park residents listed on the War Memorial outside All Saints’ Church.

It follows his talk in June, which covered the early years of the Great War.

The War Is Over talk is at the Parish Room, by All Saints’ Church, Westbourne Road, Queen’s Park, on Thursday, November 13, from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Admission is £2. Refreshments and a raffle will be available.