Lest We Forget - Remembrance Day is marked across the county and wreaths are taken to Belgium

Armistice Day service in Bedford town centre.
Armistice Day service in Bedford town centre.

Wreaths from Bedford have been laid in Belgium for Remembrance Day, as part of the many tributes paid to those who gave their lives in war.

Royal British Legion riders travelled to Tyne Cot Cemetery to lay the tributes on behalf of Bedford Borough Council.

RBL riders at Borough Hall, with Mayor Dave Hodgson.

RBL riders at Borough Hall, with Mayor Dave Hodgson.

The riders were presented with the wreaths by Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson, on Friday, November 7, in a ceremony outside Borough Hall.

The RBL riders formed a gathering for the presentation.

Mayor Dave said: “It is an honour that the Royal British Legion Riders will take a wreath to Tyne Cot on our behalf to honour those whose bravery and sacrifice must never be forgotten.”

>> Today, Tuesday, November 11, an Armistice Day Commemoration and Two Minute Silence will be held at 11am on the corner of Midland Road and Harpur Street, near Boots The Chemist.

RBL riders at Borough Hall with Mayor Dave Hogson.

RBL riders at Borough Hall with Mayor Dave Hogson.

wEx-service Associations will be represented and Standards will be paraded. The Last Post will signal the beginning of the two minutes silence and Reveille will signal its end.

The Poppy Shop will remain open in the Harpur Centre (opposite Argos) until the end of the day.

>> On Sunday, November 9, a Remembrance Day wreath laying ceremony was held at the War Memorial on Bedford’s Embankment.

The salute was taken by Castle Mound from where the march past continued beyond the Swan Hotel and across the High Street, round St. Paul’s Square and on to Harpur Square, where an inspection was made before the parade was dismissed.

Bedford Town Band played in Harpur Square before the parade arrived.

There were also ceremonies at Goldington Green War Memorial; at the South African Campaign Memorial (outside The Swan Hotel); Kempston and at Elstow Abbey where wreaths were laid on behalf of the Borough Council.