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Royal Gun Salute'Museum Gardens, York. North Yorkshire.'Upon the Occasion of the Queens Birthday Celebration.'15th June 2013
Royal Gun Salute'Museum Gardens, York. North Yorkshire.'Upon the Occasion of the Queens Birthday Celebration.'15th June 2013
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Territorial Army soldiers from the region have been busy in the run up to Armed Forces Day, with celebrations to mark The Queen’s official birthday.

Officer Cadet Nicola Hargreaves, 28, and Lance Bombardier Michelle Garbutt, 31, were members of a gun crew from Blyth who fired one of three 105mm light guns across the river Ouse at the north of England’s official Royal Salute in Museum Gardens, as part of a 21-gun salute in York.

Nicola, who is a member of 101 Regiment Royal Artillery’s battery in Cowpen Road, Blyth, said: “Even though it was the first time we have fired the Royal Salute, we were not nervous because we have done so much practice.

“It is a real honour to represent the north east and fire the 21-gun salute.”

Events will be taking place across the county to celebrate Armed Forces Day, including a football tournament at Blue Flames in Benton, to raise money for veterans charities.

For more details call Tony Wright on 07738 373590.