Media release - issued 10 May 2018

Countdown to Victoria Day

A royal celebration awaits visitors to Aldershot on Saturday 9 June for Victoria Day.

Victoria Day 2018, promises a day of live music, entertainment and family fun all around the town centre from 10am to 5pm.

Rushmoor Borough Council is working with the Aldershot Community Together group to organise the event, which celebrates Aldershot's close ties with Queen Victoria, as well as the town's proud history as the home of the British army.

The highlight of the day is the grand parade, which sets off at 11am outside the Princes Hall and will see marching bands, community groups, schools, vintage vehicles, businesses and residents making their way through the town centre.

As the event takes place on the Queen's official birthday and to tie in with the year of royal celebrations, this year's theme for the parade is 'royalty' with participants invited to dress as princes and princesses, wearing crowns, tiaras or dressing in red, white and blue.

A number of local schools are already signed-up to be part of the parade including Wellington Primary School, St Joseph's Primary School, Marlborough Infants School, St Michael's Infant School and Park Primary School and it is hoped that others will be inspired to be part of the day.

There will a full day of live music and entertainment with The Dolomites, Band on the Rum, Albany Dance Academy, Sing Squad and Jack Mason booked to perform.  Brass brands will be performing throughout the day in the town centre.  There will also be children's rides, craft activities, plus fun with the Little Magic Ponies, face painting, free family hands-on crafts and The Little Dallas Donkeys.

This year's event is being sponsored by Grainger Plc, Specsavers, South East Water and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Aldershot resident and Aldershot Community Together group member Susanne Goodchild said: "Victoria Day is a wonderful day of celebration for Aldershot and it's community - so we hope that everyone will come together to make the day a huge success!"

Susanne added: "Over the last few years the Aldershot Community Together group has worked with the council to organise the event which gets bigger and better every year.  There is a wonderful positive buzz, anyone can get involved and we would particularly love to hear from people who can spare a couple of hours as a volunteer marshal on the day. Come and join in - you'll be glad you did!"

Thanks to £1,000 of funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, new union flags and bunting will be going up around the town centre in time for the event.

Anyone hoping to get involved with the organisation of this year's event can email communications@rushmoor.gov.uk, also look for Aldershot Community Together on Facebook.

 
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