Bedford is among 12 town centres across the country set to be revitalised after being selected as one of the first Portas Pilots. Bedford will get a share of a £1.2 million package of support from retail guru Mary Portas.
The towns will be helped to implement their ideas to rejuvenate the shopping centre. Bedford will be offering mentoring support for High Street businesses and community use of empty properties.
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Coastal wintry showers will continue in the Anglia region but elsewhere it will be a dry night with clear spells and a widespread frost.
Six people including a woman and three young children were hurt in a crash near a rugby club in Houghton Regis
Widespread frost tonight. Coastal wintry showers, drier elsewhere. Cold.