Pupils And Teachers March Through Bedford To Celebrate The Opening Of Their New School

1974 , Bedford (Bedfordshire)

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A ceremonial procession as Bedford Modern School moves to new premises.

Pupils of Bedford Modern School and their teachers and associates in academic dress begin a procession from their premises in Harpur Square, Bedford to new buildings on Manton Lane, Bedford. The procession of boys and men is led by a group carrying the school flag which features two eagles. A crowd has gathered to watch, including photographers. On arrival at the new buildings, the flag is prepared to be raised on the flagpole.

Keywords

Schools; Processions; Flags

Background Information

Bedford Modern School has its origins in The Harpur Trust, born from the endowments left by Sir William Harpur in the sixteenth century. Since the separation of Bedford School and BMS in 1764, the School has had four names – the Writing School, the English School, the Commercial School and finally Bedford Modern School, the last change being made in 1873 to reflect the School's modern curriculum, providing an education for the professions. In 1834, BMS moved to buildings designed by Edward Blore in Harpur Square, Bedford. The successful growth of the school meant that the buildings became increasingly cramped and in 1974, the school moved to new premises in Bedford. The Foundation Stone for the new building was laid by Margaret Thatcher. On 11 May 1976, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a commemorative panel at the new school building during her visit with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. BMS became a coeducational day school in 2003. In 2014, BMS celebrated the 250th anniversary of its separation from Bedford School. Adapted from Wikipedia

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Pupils And Teachers March Through Bedford To Celebrate The Opening Of Their New School

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