What a difference 100 years make!
The image for this month was prompted by last months fifth anniversary of the Bedford Clanger, It obviously got readers thinking about birthdays and anniversaries and it turned out we were on the brink of the centenary of the blizzards and storms that hit Bedfordshire in 1916.
Looking into this further I found that this is remembered just outside of Kempston on the the Great Ouse. There is a sign detailing how the area was devastated and the trees that were replanted by Frederick G. Bonfield.
So my picture revisited that spot exactly 100 years on, there was a big difference, in fact I think I would have struggled to take a photo any more different to the ones I found in the blogs below.
Although pictures are limited for Bedford it seems that Rushden was particularity badly hit and they were also on the ball when it came to photographing the area. Here is an interesting article: http://www.rushdenheritage.co.uk/crime/Blizzard-1916.html
There is also a great blog by Peter with loads of interesting articles about Bedford and he runs through the details of the two days the area was hit by the storms: https://whenthewelshcametobedford.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/the-great-storm-of-1916/