Royal Gun Salute in York
By Sqn Ldr Brian Mennell - WMCO CEY Wing
Gunfire echoed around York’s Museum Gardens on Saturday 2nd June as a Royal Salute was fired in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Soldiers from 103 (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Regiment Royal Artillery fired a 21 Gun Salute commencing on the stroke of noon.
Hundreds of people gathered to watch the ceremony and listen to music played by the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band. Cadets from the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and the air cadets took part in the event to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.
The cadets had been invited to take part by Brigadier Greville Bibby, Commander of 15 (North East) Brigade and York Garrison. The recently installed Lord Mayor of York, Keith Hyman was the inspecting officer. He was accompanied by the Sheriff of York, Paul Firth.
Captain Ian Robinson, chairman of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "It is a great honour for the cadets to be involved in such a momentous occasion in this very special year. Every one of them is enormously proud and delighted to be taking part, not only in representing their own services, but also as ambassadors for their own communities." Twenty four cadets from each of the three services were inspected by the dignitaries prior to the gun salute.
The air cadets were represented by cadets from 110 (City of York) Squadron, 2487 (Easingwold) Squadron and Queen Ethelburga’s School CCF. The air cadets led by Flt Lt Paul Sewart and Flt Lt.Charlotte Bridges assisted by Sergeant (ATC) Wilkinson were inspected by the Sheriff of York before watching the ceremony.