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Appeal: Blues Brothers allowed to stay in Bedford conservation area

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An inspector has approved two life-size Blues Brothers statues adorning a nightclub in Bedford Conservation Area, ruling that although the Blues Brothers have no historical association with Bedford, 'there should always be some place for the unexpected’.

The appeal sought retrospective five-year permission for two decorations to the front of Wodka Live nightclub in central Bedford: statues of Jake and Elmore Blues displayed on plinths at first-floor level, and two illuminated and brightly coloured ‘pop-art’-style poster panels. The club is on the north side of St Paul’s Square, whose numerous listed buildings form the........
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