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Aldershot celebrates 50 year link with Britain's Airborne Forces

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Interviewees: Tommy Simpson & Richard Stacey, Former Soldiers, Parachute Regiment & Amy Goodman, Artist

Thousands descended on Aldershot in Hampshire on Saturday to celebrate its 50 year link with Britain's Airborne Forces.

From 1950 to the year 2000, Aldershot was the home of our Airborne Forces.

At a service in Princes Gardens, in the centre of the town, a bronze statue on top of a granite plinth from the Falkland Islands was unveiled.

It was the idea of two former parachute regiment soldiers, Tommy Simpson and Richard Stacey.

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Hampshire artist Amy Goodman sculpted the man who will ensure the link between the town and the Airborne Forces lives on.

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Imagine you're about to fling yourself out of a plane and you've got all that heavy gear on and I've lifted it I don't know how they do it, and you're going into a war zone with unknown consequences. So I thought he needed to be really serious and mean business."

– Amy Goodman, Artist
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Veterans also paraded through the town in front of thousands of spectators.