Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017.
Not a moment too soon, the people of Bedford had the opportunity to celebrate the unique and special contribution of the Italian community to our town.
Growing up here, I remember vividly my family’s Saturday morning quests to various Italian stores for favourite breads, cheeses and other provisions. I remember my first trip overseas – to Italy – as a child and my parents’ subsequent frequent trips back.
Walking from the front of the Harpur Centre and around to the market square, it truly felt like you were in Italy. There was dancing, great food, great drink and cars to impress!
The new statue looks marvellous and will become a treasured addition to the town’s heritage. The Borough Council deserves much credit for siting it in the heart of the town.
Let us hope that we will have a second festival very soon.