LARGE crowds are expected on Queen's Parade in Aldershot on Saturday as the army and Rushmoor Council kick off celebrations throughout the area for the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
The event includes freefall parachuting displays, a Tiger Moth flypast, military music and Army displays as well as stalls, bouncy castles and fairground rides. It runs from noon to 7pm and ends with a seven-gun salute. Admission and parking is free and a souvenir programme will be on sale for £5.
Meanwhile you can see "royal trains" at Frimley Lodge Park on Bank Holiday Tuesday when the miniature railway locos will bear decorated headboards and people will be able to ride in the "royal saloon."
In Sandhurst Bracknell Forest is decorating lamp columns and walls with hanging baskets of red white and blue flowers topped off by a crown of gold blooms. The flowers are produced in the borough's own nursery.
Schools throughout the area are staging their own celebration events. Hawley Place School has a party tomorrow with children dressing in red, white and blue and paying £1 towards a school charity. A similar event was taking place today at Westfields Junior School in Yateley.
College Town Infant and Nursery School had a Fifties style party today(Thursday) while Cove Junior School is being visited by Rushmoor Mayor, Coun. Brian Jupp tomorrow. He will also be at a Golden Jubilee Civic Service at St Michael's School, Aldershot on Sunday and a Jubilee celebration at Knellwood on Sunday.
On Monday the Mayor has another busy day taking in parties at Lavender Lodge in Farnborough, St Augustine's Hall in North Town and the Holy Trinity Church street party in Aldershot.
At Church Crookham Junior School the singsong was being led by a ceilidh band from Calthorpe Park School.
More events at Sandhurst this weekend include a party for residents of Hanover Gardens, entertainment at Sandhurst Day Centre and a party for toddlers at Sandhurst Nursery School.
Not to be left out is Farnborough superstore Asda. It is organising a street party on Monday with proceeds going to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.
People living in the Bracknell Forest Borough for the past 50 years are eligible for a special glazed ceramic brooch from the council.Over at Ash Vale tomorrow morning (Friday) children from Holly Lodge School will release red, white and blue balloons. The owner of the one that travels the furthest will get tickets for Farnborough Air Show. At Frimley Green the carnival committee is organising a two-day Golden Jubilee event starting on the Green on Sunday and ending with a torchlight parade through the village before Surrey Heath Mayor, Coun. Mrs Andree Neighbour lights one of the national chain of beacons.