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Lights Out for Climate Change

Wednesday 24th March

The lights on some of Bedford’s most historic landmarks will be turned off this week to mark the Borough Council’s commitment to tackling climate change.

At 8pm on Thursday 25th March, the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, will turn off the spotlights illuminating the bridge for 60 minutes in support of the WWF’s Earth Hour taking place this weekend.

Lights will also be turned off that evening on St Paul’s Church, the Bedford Tourist Information Centre as well as the lights inside Town Hall. Some businesses on the High Street will also be demonstrating their support by turning off their lights for the evening too.

This comes during Bedford Borough Council’s Sustainability Week which includes a series of presentations and display stands in Borough Hall and Town Hall to encourage staff to reduce the amount of energy they use.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Turning off lights in the town centre for one hour will not save the world but it is a demonstration of our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions in line with the 10:10 climate change campaign. I am also delighted that businesses on the High Street have agreed to be involved as well and show support for the worldwide Earth Hour initiative.

“By doing this in conjunction with a week of action involving staff at Borough Hall and Town Hall we are taking real steps in our ongoing efforts to combat climate change and to save local taxpayers’ money by cutting energy bills.”

Bedford Town Bridge is one of the borough’s most recognisable landmarks and was built in 1813. The spotlights illuminating the arches have been changed to different colours in support of charities in the past but this will be the first time they have been completely turned off in support of a cause.

Paul Dawson, Chair of Bedford Licensees and manager of The Rose on Bedford High Street, will be turning off his lights in support: “I am delighted to be able to get involved with this opportunity to show Bedford is serious about doing something to help the planet.

“The Rose will be joining the event and I have urged other businesses in the town centre to do the same.”

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