6:23pm Sunday 5th February 2012
Gunfire will echo around York on the stroke of noon tomorrow to mark the 60th anniversary of The Queen's accession to the throne with a Royal Salute.
People are invited to gather in Museum Gardens to watch the three 105 mm light guns be fired on the stroke of noon by soldiers from 35 Battery, 39 Regiment Royal Artillery in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.
Brigadier Greville Bibby CBE, Commander of 15 (North East) Brigade and York Garrison, will accompany the Inspecting Officer, Kathryn Riddle, Chairman of the NHS in the North of England as she inspects the saluting troop which is based in Harlow Hill, Northumberland and members of the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band.
The Salute consists of the firing of 21 rounds from three guns at 15-second intervals.The light field guns were brought into service for Royal Salutes in 2008 and have also been used in service in the Falklands and Afghanistan.
The royal gun salutes will be fired around the country on Accession Day. York is one of 12 saluting stations including London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff and is the only one in the North of England.
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