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Patrick Stewart prepares for Silverstone debut
Acting legend Sir Patrick Stewart OBE is preparing for an exciting new challenge – he’s rehearsing to be a real-life racing driver at this summer’s Silverstone Classic on Saturday 29 July. ...
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ELECTION 2017: Lib Dem manifesto – who is it for exactly?
The 2015 general election left the Liberal Democrats on a precipice. The party was reduced to just eight MPs, a much shrunken local government base, and had been dethroned from its traditional position as the third party of British politics. ...
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Luton to take on Scunthorpe United in final friendly

Luton Town will complete their pre-season friendlies with a home game against League One side Scunthorpe United on Saturday, July 29.

Managed by former Hatter Graham Alexander, the Iron reached the League One play-offs season, losing out to eventual promotion winners Millwall.

The ...

2017-05-26 20:03 open_in_new
Competition heating up between Riverside North and rival Rushden Lakes development

A SCRUTINY committee will examine the impact of the Rushden Lakes complex on Bedford's flagship Riverside North development – despite the council telling BoS on two occasions last year it would have no impact.

Rushden Lakes, 15 minutes north of Bedford, will open this summer with new ...

2017-05-26 18:57 open_in_new
Bedford nurses’ had their cars keyed in foul-mouthed protest

HOSPITAL staff had their cars scratched and tyres popped by angry residents who left vicious notes on their windscreens.

At least four NHS workers were called 'c*nts' and told to 'f*ck off' for parking on the street half a mile from Bedford Hospital.

The notes incorrectly state ...

2017-05-26 17:51 open_in_new
​REVIEW: Not your garden variety treat at Frosts

Afternoon Tea

Frosts Garden Centre, Willington

I WAS prepared to be unimpressed by a garden centre's afternoon tea.

I love everything about the British ritual of tea: the clink of teaspoon against china, the warmth as it hits my belly and the steam gently unfurling ...

2017-05-26 16:45 open_in_new
​'I'm a neighbour – get me out of here!' say fed up Bedford residents

NEIGHBOURS say pleas for help to tackle a 'jungle of a garden' on their street are being ignored by a council.

Residents told Bedfordshire on Sunday their neighbour's garden in Seaton Drive, Bedford has been 'out of control' for about five years but have decided to come forward after ...

2017-05-26 16:45 open_in_new
WEATHER WARNING: Torrential downpours and thunder predicted for Bank Holiday weekend in Bedfordshire

THE weather might rain on our parade over the bank holiday weekend - dampening spirits everywhere.

While Saturday is expected to remain bright with highs of 25 °C (with the slight chance of light rain in the middle of the day) things are set to take a turn for the worst on ...

2017-05-26 16:45 open_in_new
Are you unknowingly breaking the law on the road?

One in four motorists admit to regularly ‘taking risks’ on the road, a study has found.

Researchers found millions of drivers flout laws whilst behind the wheel, with speeding still the most common issue.

Almost half of the 2,000 motorists who took part in the study ...

2017-05-26 15:43 open_in_new
​Funny fellas take to the stage in Dunstable as part of All Star Stand Up Tour

All Star Stand-Up Tour

The Grove

Sat, June 3, 8pm

SOME big names on the comedy circuit are coming to our doorstep at an 'all star' event.

Not one but four top TV comedians will make All-Star Stand-Up Tour the biggest comedy tour of the year.

This year's ...

2017-05-26 15:39 open_in_new
​Wonderful wildlife with a funny kids show at Stockwood Park

Curious Creatures

Stockwood Park

May 30, 11am

CALLING all aspiring zoologists.

You are invited to the 'Curious Creatures' wildlife park, established by Jeremiah Johnson: world-renowned explorer and animal collector.

Nobody knows more about animals than him, ...

2017-05-26 15:39 open_in_new
​Catching up with Frankie Abbott at Luton's Hat Factory

A Day in The Lives of Frankie Abbott

Luton Hat Factory

June 8, 7.30pm

WHAT happens when a fantasist with a fading memory recalls events from years ago?

Frankie Abbott now in a care home, is helped by Marion one of the carers to remember.

The fun starts as ...

2017-05-26 15:39 open_in_new
​A new style of folk music with the Blackheart Orchestra in Pavenham

A DYNAMIC duo is promising to change your perceptions of folk music forever.

The Blackheart Orchestra are a British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo comprising of long term collaborators Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington.

The pair will be headlining a folk concert ...

2017-05-26 15:39 open_in_new
​Troop into the bank holiday weekend at Wrest Park

Wrest at War

Wrest Park

Until June 2

VISITORS to Wrest Park will be propelled back into wartime Britain this weekend and throughout half term.

Re-enactors, spectacular displays and interactive activities will all be on show from today to tell the story of what ...

2017-05-26 15:39 open_in_new
Greater Manchester Police warn of fraudulent online fundraising pages following bombing

In the wake of Monday‘s terrorist attack, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is warning people to be cautious of online fundraising pages.

It has emerged that fraudulent pages are being set up which request donations to support the families of the victims.

Action Fraud - the ...

2017-05-26 14:37 open_in_new
ELECTION 2017: Fact Check - if 30% more people under 25 vote, could the Conservatives lose the election?
An article on The Independent is being widely shared on social media suggesting that a 30% increase in turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds would make the election of a majority Conservative government on June 8 rather unlikely. It followed a tweet by Alan Firth, a linguist at Newcastle University, commenting on an article by the vice president of the National Union of Students, Shelly Asquith. When contacted by The Conversation, Firth said that the calculations made in The Independent article reflected his own. ...
2017-05-26 12:25 open_in_new
Ice lollies help tigers keep their cool

Animals at Woburn Safari Park have been treated to ice lollies, to help them keep their cool during this week’s mini-heatwave.

With temperatures soaring, keepers at the park are treating North American black bears, Barbary macaques and critically endangered Amur tigers by hiding ...

2017-05-25 22:07 open_in_new
Cloud floating in Sharnbrook

In a future time, the human race has left a dying Earth. Small colonies tried to survive on other planets, but only one tribe remains, on the tempestuous Cloud.

This world premiere tells a story of hardship, hope, and conflicted love. The show is called Cloud: A New Musical and comes to ...

2017-05-25 21:01 open_in_new
Shuttleworth Collection's Sopwith Camel takes flight for the first time

LAST Thursday the Shuttleworth Collection's Sopwith Camel took to the skies for the first time, with chief pilot Dodge Bailey at the controls.

This late model reproduction is a collaboration between voluntary society, Northern Aeroplane Workshops, (NAW) and the Shuttleworth ...

2017-05-25 18:45 open_in_new
Houghton Regis man avoids jail after breaking neighbours leg following a drinking session

A MAN has avoided jail after he broke the leg of a neighbour after a drinking session

Robert Dalton, 37, of Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, got into a row with the man, who had gone out to buy more alcohol, outside flats in Manning Court in the town.

Prosecutor Martin Lahiffe told ...

2017-05-25 14:21 open_in_new
Manchester attack: Homeless man rushes to help, cradles dying woman in his arms

A homeless man who rushed into the Manchester Arena in the wake of the terror attack has described how he helped a girl with no legs and cradled a dying 60-year-old woman.

Chris Parker, who has been sleeping rough in Manchester for about a year, said that instead of fleeing when he heard ...

2017-05-24 19:43 open_in_new