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Mayor's River Festival Thanks After Record-Breaking Weekend

July 20, 2016 12:59 AM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Dad's Army Boat on Parade at the Bedford River Festival

Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a resounding 'thank you' to all volunteers, staff and visitors following a record-breaking Bedford River Festival. Initial estimates suggest that the 2016 festival was the best attended ever, with over 300,000 revellers over the two action-packed, sun-drenched days.

Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: 'Thanks and congratulations are due to all of the staff, volunteers and organisations involved in putting on a hugely successful Bedford River Festival.'

'The fact that it attracted over 300,000 people is simply stunning, and is a testament to the efforts of everyone involved in ensuring it was a safe and enjoyable event. I want to thank them and everyone who attended, all of whom contributed to a superb 2016 Bedford River Festival.'

Highlights over the weekend included the ever popular illuminated boat parade; a Jet Boots display; paddle board racing; battle demonstrations at the Heritage village; Dragon boat and raft racing; and shows and performances from over 65 local bands and groups across three stages on the 105-acre site.

Mayor Dave also expressed his gratitude to all those involved in the River Festival via his Facebook page, saying: "The fact that the event went off safely and was enjoyed by so many is a testament to the efforts of everyone involved."

You can read Mayor Dave's full comment, along with some of his photos from the weekend, on his Facebook page at