ALDERSHOT'S spectacular Army Show, last held in the late 1970s, is set to make a comeback over this year's May bank holiday.

Rushmoor Council and local military top brass have joined forces to stage the event on Queen's Parade alongside the main A325 road.

The three-day programme - from May 3 to 5 - will also include the town's annual horse show, previously held at the Rushmoor Arena.

Council leisure chief Phil Stoneman said: "We believe it will be a spectacular event which will put Aldershot on the map. We aim to put on a wide range of attractions which will appeal to people of all ages."

It is hoped the entertainment will include a funfair, bands, local history displays, sports demonstrations and community group stalls. Activities to appeal to young people such as a climbing wall and dry ski slope are also planned. Admission will be free, but there will be a charge for car parking.

Letters have been sent to more than 200 local businesses inviting them to help fund the event by renting exhibition or trade stands.

The idea of re-launching the show follows the success of last year's Queen's Golden Jubilee event at Queen's Parade.

Staged jointly by the council and the army, the one-day extravaganza attracted scores of people.

Mr. Stoneman described the Queen's Parade site as ideal because it was completely open and lay alongside the busy A325 Aldershot to Farnborough road.

In his view the open site would give the horse show a boost. "It was rather hidden away at the Rushmoor Arena," he said.