Luton & Dunstable Hospital has marked its 80th Birthday with live music, an exhibition about its history and a special cake.
The hospital had been asking people to share their own family history with them over the decades.
Because the NHS wasn't created until 1948, the hospital was built, equipped and maintained as a voluntary organisation for the first nine years of its existence thanks to the generosity of the local community.
It was officially opened 80 years ago on February 14 by Queen Mary. Then it had 170 beds, two operating theatres with 59 nurses all living on site, who were working around 52 hours a week and earning around £1.85 a month.
Fast forward 80 years and the hospital now boasts 660 beds, 15 operating theatres, and more than 4,300 staff including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, administrative and support personnel, as well as 300 volunteers from the local area.