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Town 'absolutely packed' for Victoria Day celebrations

Celebrations included a parade through Aldershot, classic car show, market stalls, funfair attractions and a children's farm

Andrew Barter, Muriel Parker, Shirley Gibbs, Robin Ingrams and Joely in the Princes Gardens for Victoria Day

Normandy veterans were guests of honour at Aldershot's Victoria Day celebrations on Saturday.

Seven veterans were welcomed to a reception at the Princes Hall and then for a meal at the new Queen Hotel Wetherspoon pub nearby as the town celebrated the monumental monarch.

The good weather that eventually arrived helped make the event a busy one and a parade ran through the town centre after leaving the Princes Hall at 11am.

Queen Victoria, who ruled from 1837-1901, was represented by Aldershot's Betty Bryce, who led the parade.

With the 70th anniversary of D-Day occurring days earlier on June 6, the veterans, along with wives and widows, also took part in the parade in an open top bus.

Among them was Lewis Trinder, who is part of the Aldershot 44 branch of the Normandy Veterans Association and was 20 when he was involved in the Normandy landings.

David Phillips, town centre manager, said: "We handed out union flags to those on the street and they were waving them as the parade went by which was great to see.

"We had more parade participants than we've ever had. The town was absolutely packed - I can't remember the last time it was so busy.

"We've had some good feedback about trade in the town on the day too."

Victoria Day was also marked with a classic car show, market stalls, funfair attractions, a Punch and Judy show and a children's farm.

There were live music and dance performances in the Princes Gardens community bandstand, from The Styletts, Park Primary School, Phoenix Dance, Naya Yuva, Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion, Ukeaholics, Princes Hall Youth Theatre, Starburst Theatre Company and the Jennifer Todd School of Dance.

Others in attendance included South East Water representatives, also spread a water efficiency message by giving out free water-saving devices and offering advice and tips on how to make every drop count.

 

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