Town prepares for visit of Prince Charles - his tour begins at the Higgins

Prince Charles.

Prince Charles.

The town is gearing up for a special visit by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales - exclusively revealed by the Times & Citizen.

Bedford residents are expected to turn out in force for the special Royal visit tomorrow (Tuesday, December 3) to be in with the chance of meeting the Prince.

He will begin his tour by visiting the newly re-opened Higgins Museum, before heading to St Paul’s Church to see the Christmas trees being decorated and a choir performance by youngsters of Shortstown Lower School in preparation of the annual Christmas Tree Festival.

Members of the Bedford Hospitals Charity, which the festival raises money for, will also be there to meet Prince Charles.

He will then head to Tempsford to unveil a memorial to the women agents from World War Two in Tempsford. He will have a quick pint at a local pub, before finshing his tour at Jordans Mill in Broom.

The Bedford Hospitals Charity Christmas Tree Festival was originally founded by charity member Jeanette Hanling. She and her husband Brian will be there.

Brian said: “We didn’t even know it was a Royal visit until we read it in your paper. I think it’s a huge honour to not just us, but the charity itself and everyone who has been invited to meet Prince Charles. We are all very excited to meet him and be part of the day.”

Committee member Jude Cottam, 65, is also in line to meet the Royal visitor – for the third time.

She said: “I can’t wait to tell him this is our third meeting. I’m very excited to be meeting Prince Charles again actually, it’s going to be a lovely day for everyone involved.”




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