It was an event steeped in tradition - complete with shamrock, the black stuff and an Irish Wolfhound. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated St Patrick's Day as guests of honour of the Irish Guards at Aldershot today. Divya Kohli reports.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the guests of honour in Aldershot today, to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Three hundred Irish Guards paraded through the square at their Hampshire base, as Her Royal Highness handed out traditional sprigs of shamrock.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the guests of honour at the Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade in Hampshire.
William will attend as colonel of the regiment and Kate will present traditional sprigs of shamrock to officers and guardsmen at their base in Aldershot.
The royal couple will watch as the Band of the Irish Guards marches on to the parade square at Mons Barracks followed by 300 soldiers.
They will be joined by Domhnall, the regiment's Irish wolfhound mascot, who will receive his own sprig of shamrock from the Duchess.
During the ceremony, Kate will step forward to present the shamrocks to officers and warrant officers, who in turn will issue them along the ranks.
This follows a century-old tradition inaugurated in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII.
Police are appealing for witnesses and urging residents to review their home security following a spate of burglaries in Aldershot. The incidents occurred on Friday, February 28 at homes on St Benedict’s Close and Reeves Road.
Between 11.55am and 8.15pm a large amount of gold jewellery was stolen after entry was forced into a house on St Benedict’s Close. Another house on the street was broken into between 5.30pm and 7pm.
It is not known if anything was stolen and an attempted burglary took place in the road between 8.30am and 7pm. Entry was forced into a house on Reeves Road between 5.15pm and 5.45pm. Jewellery and perfume were stolen from this address.
We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incidents. We would also like residents to review their home security in order to make their property less appealing for criminals. Many people have been left with damaged fencing following the storms we have suffered this winter. We would urge you to make repairs to your boundary fences as this could allow easy access to your home and make it easier for potential thieves to spot whether anyone is at home.”
Police are investigating reports of a man indecently exposing himself in Manor Park and in Arthur Street in Aldershot on 7 February. The man's described as white, with a round face and of a large build. He is average height and around 30 or older.
He was wearing a black padded coat, black trousers, sunglasses and a navy-blue baseball cap with a stripe logo along the peak. They're asking anyone with information to come forward.
Traffic is slow moving on the A331 northbound at Aldershot in Surrey. It's due to an accident at the A323 Ash Road/Oxenden Road with congestion to the A31/Tongham Road. All lanes have re-opened.
The Hampshire based Olympic synchronised swimming team has had its £4.3 million funding cut ahead of the Rio Games in 2016.
Sport UK said the Aldershot club missed out on the investment after 'failing to demonstrate realistic medal potential.'
Basketball, water polo and weightlifting were also cut.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a car parked at Aldershot railway station had £6000 worth of damage done to it.
Investigators have released an image of a man they would like to talk to in connection with the incident.
The Nissan GTR was in the station car park on Monday 9th December.
The damage was thought to be done at 10:30am that same day.
Investigating officer, Sergeant Justin Waite said, "The owner of the car returned to his car at 7pm and found the drivers side had been hit and the front spoiler was cracked, resulting in £6000 worth of damage."
Anyone with information should contact the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.
Time could be running out for the open air swimming pool at Aldershot. The lido is losing money every year and the number of visitors is down. Rushmoor Borough Council are considering whether to close it down or invest in its future. The local canoe club is fighting to keep it open.
Penny Silvester reports.
There are fears that the Aldershot Lido could be forced to close despite an increase in the numbers of people using it this year.
It costs Rushmore Borough Council £166,000 a year to maintain - and they say they just can't justify keeping it open.
However supporters say that there was a dramatic increase in people using the facility in 2013 and that the town would lose an important facility were it to close.