There is just one week to go until the biennial Victoria Day event returns to Aldershot , this year also celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.

For the first time, a group of Aldershot residents have helped Rushmoor Borough Council in organising the popular event, on Saturday June 11.

They have been working hard since the start of the year to put together a spectacular event, with live music, street entertainment and a wide selection of stalls to browse.

One of the highlights of the day, the Grand Parade, starts at 11am outside Princes Hall.

Marching bands, community groups including Scouts and Guides, schools, Nepali dancers, businesses and residents will all join in the parade through the town centre, with plenty of celebrations along the way.

Spectators outside Princes Hall at the last Victoria Day event

There will be an open-top bus with local Normandy veterans aboard, and members of the Historic Aldershot Military Town and Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community Facebook groups will also take part.

Among this year’s performers are the Connaught School Steel Band, Redz Performing Academy and the Princes Hall Youth Theatre.

The action kicks off at 10am in Princes Gardens, Union Street and Wellington Street and will go on until 5pm.

There will be live music in the Princes Gardens bandstand all day and market stall in Union Street and Wellington Street.

Other attractions include Punch and Judy shows, fairground rides, face painting and a classic car show.

'Pride in Aldershot'

Group member and Aldershot resident, Josie Herbert, said: "We’re hoping that the community will really come together to support the parade and festivities and that this sets the precedent for future community events that involve Aldershot residents of all ages and backgrounds.

"We have a good local model with events such as the West End Centre Westival, which has built up a loyal following among residents and visitors from the surrounding area, and I’d like to see Victoria Day conveying the same sense of fun, enjoyment and pride in Aldershot.”

'New heights'

Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Councillor David Clifford, said: "God Save the Queen! Rushmoor is extremely proud of our Monarch and all of the British history, tradition and values that she represents.

"Aldershot became famous for the right reasons during the Victorian era and we're ambitious to reach new heights in this second Elizabethan age.

"The level of involvement from local residents and groups in the parade is hugely impressive and will show the huge commitment of those involved and an abundance of fresh ideas.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing another great turnout for this hugely popular Aldershot event."