A SEVEN gun salute provided an ear shattering finale to an Aldershot Golden Jubilee entertainment extravaganza last Saturday.

The tribute to the Queen's 50 years reign was fired by members of the Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

Their explosive salute took place at the Queen's Parade sports field where more than 5,000 people enjoyed seven hours of entertainment.

The event, which included free fall parachute displays, music and dancing, was staged jointly by Aldershot Garrison and Rushmoor Council.

Phil Stoneman, Rushmoor's leisure chief, said: "Everything ran according to plan, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves."

Elsewhere in the Star area people let their hair down at street parties and other special Golden Jubilee events.

The Lions' clubs of Fleet and Hart, with the backing of Hart Council, provided a day of entertainment in Gurkha Square on Monday.

Scores of people attended a 1950s-style street party at the Holy Trinity Church in Windsor Way, Aldershot.

And before breaking up for the half-term, dozens of schools in the area held parties as part of the celebrations.