Media release - issued 14 May 2019

Countdown to Victoria Day

A day of traditional seaside fun awaits visitors to Aldershot town centre on Saturday 8 June for Victoria Day.

Victoria Day is a highlight of the town's calendar, bringing the community together for a day of live music, entertainment and family fun from 10am to 4pm.

Rushmoor Borough Council is working with the Aldershot Community Together group to organise the event, which celebrates Aldershot's links to 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 through the town centre which sets off at 11am from the Princes Hall.

This year's parade will have a seaside theme with participants encouraged to dress up and enter the seaside spirit of the day with nautical stripes, straw boaters, beach balls and more!

There will be three marching bands to keep the pace, plus community groups, school children, vintage vehicles, businesses and residents making their way through the town centre.

A number of local schools are already signed-up to be part of the parade including Alderwood School, Talavera Junior School and St Michaels Infants and Juniors and it's not too late to sign-up as a parade participant.

There will a full day of live music and entertainment with the Conga Keyz, Farnham Big Band, Jack Mason, Nirzari Belly Dance, KM Belly Dance, 1st Naumati Baja Gulmi Nepalese cultural band, the gospel band of the New Testament Church of God and Redz Performing Academy set to perform.

There will also be traditional donkey rides, face painting, craft activities and seaside fun fair attractions such as a chair-o-planes, a high striker and a seaside photo board.

Union Street will welcome 35 stalls and six brass brands will be performing all day.

This year's event is being sponsored by Grainger Plc, Specsavers and the Rushmoor Uniting Communities Grant. E Finch & Sons will also be back with their beautiful horse drawn carriage to carry Aldershot's very own Queen Victoria, Betty Bryce through the town.

Aldershot resident and Aldershot Community Together group member Susanne Goodchild said: "Victoria Day is a wonderful day for our town and it's a real community effort, bringing everyone together. The Aldershot Community Together group have been working with the council to bring you another fantastic event, but we'd still love to hear from new volunteers who have a few hours to spare and would like to get involved."

Susanne added: "Huge thanks to Aldershot Construction College and Farnborough College of Technology who have been working hard to create a seaside photo board for the event - we can't wait to see the finished board!"

It's not too late to take part in Victoria Day or support the event by sponsoring an activity.

Anyone who would like to get involved should go to our Victoria Day page to pledge their support or look for Victoria Day on Facebook.

Anyone hoping to get involved with the organisation of this year's event can get in touch using the contact details on this page or look for Aldershot Community Together on Facebook.

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