New children’s book will reveal Bedford’s history

New children's book on the history of Bedford.
New children's book on the history of Bedford.

A brand new children’s book will reveal Bedford’s history and every youngster at the town’s schools in Years 4 and 5 will get a free copy.

The Bedford Chronicles will be launched on World Book Day next year.

It has come about through a collaboration between Bedford illustrator Alasdair Bright and businesswoman Karen Fryc.

Alasdair has drawn for Sainsburys, The RSPB, The Independent, Red Bull and many more while Karen is the owner of Get Into Bedford Ltd - an events, PR and promotions company.

Alasdair said: “I am so excited by this project, it has taken us a long time to research as Bedford has so many stories. On our journey to discover our town we found out just how fascinating a place Bedford actually is.”

The duo met while on a project to install the official Castle Quarter sign now located on The Embankment in Bedford.

It was through this project that they discovered a shared interest in Bedford’s history and a wish to bring this history to life for youngsters.

As part of the launch on March 3, every Bedford Borough child in school years 4 and 5 will receive a free special edition copy of the page turner to mark World Book Day.

This is in partnership with The Harpur Trust as part of their 450th anniversary celebrations in 2016.

Karen said: “Bedford has an amazing story and we are going to tell it. We want to bring history to life for everyone. We are delighted that our book, which will also be available to purchase, is to be given free to 6,500 children, that’s just fantastic.”

Along with the book itself, Bedford Theatre in Education is launching a brand new theatre production based on The Bedford Chronicles called, The Vikings of Bedford, which they hope to take into schools in the spring of next year.

If that wasn’t enough in July 2016, for two weeks only, there will be The Bedford Chronicles interactive town tours in partnership with local businesses.

You can follow The Bedford Chronicles on Twitter @bedschronicles and on Facebook at
A website will be launched later this year.