“At 15.00 hours immediately after the announcement by the prime minister that the German forces had accepted unconditional surrender a Service of Thanksgiving was broadcast to the world from the Station Cinema. Detachments of RAF & WAAF from all units on the Station, a naval detachment consisting of 75 W.R.N.S. from the Naval Establishment at Woburn, and a detachment of 50 soldiers (from various regiments) from Kempston Barracks filled the cinema to full capacity. The service was taken by Dr Welch of the BBC. The singing was conducted by Leslie Woodgate, BBC. The Mayor & Mayoress of Bedford attended the Service."
As a result of the constant German air raids on London in the early stages of the war the BBC moved all staff away from the capital initially to Bristol but later decamped to Bedford and was to remain there for the duration of the war. All music programmes for these years were recorded in Bedford and many famous orchestra and musical personnel took part in these productions.