Aldershot's Victoria Day Fair is on Saturday (July 6). Many local businesses, clubs and community groups will be coming together to celebrate Aldershot's Victorian and military history.
The fancy dress theme this year continues to be Victorian. However, Queen Elizabeth's golden jubliee will be ackowledged by people also dressing up in clothes from the 1950's.
Shops throughout the town will get into the spirit of the day by dressing their shop windows or with the staff wearing fancy dress.
The grand parade starts at 11am. Shoppers and visitors are advised to come into town early (by 10:30am). You can park in any Aldershot car park free all day. "Queen Victoria" herself will lead the parade in an authentic horse-drawn carriage from the period.
TS Swiftsure and Godalming Gold Stars marching bands, together with entertainers, floats, a classic vehicle show, gymnasts, line dancers, majorettes, Irish dancers, The Connaught School Steel Band, Silver Star Line Dancers and TV's (The Village) Elvis (Dave Hurrell) will bring a carnival feel to the town.
Local charities, churches and voluntary groups are staging a Victorian charity market in Wellington Street.
Green and white canopied stalls will give a breezy presence to the market and these have been paid for by New Way Nissan.
A traditional three-legged race will start at 11:30 between the Queen Hotel and Woolworth's in the High Street. Cash prizes and a "polypin" of beer are up for grabs. Ring Geoff Dorrell on 01252 325382 for an entry form.
Said Jennifer Rawlings, Aldershot's town centre manager: "Come and help make Victoria Day Fair one of the best days out this year. You're always welcome in Aldershot."