Review of the year 2013: February

Ed Miliband & Ed Balls at Bedford Training Group.

Ed Miliband & Ed Balls at Bedford Training Group.

A dad who was shipwrecked while trying to complete a cross-Atlantic challenge has seen his boat complete it without him.

Almost a year to the day since dad of four Ian Rowe and his crewmates were the subject of a dramatic rescue, Sara G, the boat they hoped would help them break a world record, washed up in Florida. This means that the vessel carried on after the sailors abandoned ship and travelled around 2,000 miles completing the trip.

Ian said: ”The last time I touched it I was 500 miles offshore thinking‘I’m going to die.”

Meanwhile angry residents and councillors were set to oppose a controversial club’s application to extend opening hours. Shaylers, based in Church Street, Ampthill, ceased to be a lapdancing club in February and reopened as a regular nightclub. Owner John Shayler has also applied to extend the opening hours to 4am.

The full force of the Westminster circus descended on Bedford when Labour leader Ed Miliband chose our town to give his key speech on the economy.

Accompanied by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, Mr Miliband chose the Bedford Training Group, in Brunel Road, as the location for his speech because Bedford is where former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan gave his famous ‘you’ve never had it so good’speech in 1957. But far from having it so good, Mr Miliband said that working people are being squeezed more than ever.

It was a family affair when two pubs in Bedford run by a mother and daughter were recognised with CAMRA awards.

The Devonshire Arms, based in Dudley Street, and The Burnaby Arms in Stanley Street, Bedford, which are run by the same family, have won awards in this year’s Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) in the North Beds region.

The Devonshire Arms,run by Martin Bartlet and Naomi Stanford, was crowned North Beds Pub of the Year. And The Burnaby Arms, run by Naomi’s daughter Lucie Fuller and her husband Stephen, won Most Improved Pub award.




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