War memories to be recorded in regional project

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A region-wide history project is coming to Bedford this weekend and it needs your help to record the past.

Between 1942 and 1945 the towns, villages and countryside of Bedfordshire and the rest of Eastern England was swamped by American service personnel. Their presence here changed people’s lives and the Eighth in the East project wants to record memories of those momentous times and train local people to do it.

The project team are holding a history morning in Bedford Central Library on Saturday, December 5, from 10am until 1pm, to provide volunteers with the skills and the equipment to go to and record the wartime memories of the people of Bedfordshire.

Project director Nick Patrick said: “We cannot afford to lose these priceless memories but we need local people to help us. Our training will allow volunteers to go out and record this history so that future generations can learn all about it.”

If you would like to join the project or know someone with a memory to share contact Nick by email nick@8theast.org or telephone 07966 508305.