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Castle Park echoes to the sound of 21-gun salute for the Queen

PUBLISHED: 19:43 09 June 2018

Gunners from 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7RHA) firing a gun salute in Colchester with their 105mm Light Guns Picture: CORPORAL MARK LARNER

Gunners from 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7RHA) firing a gun salute in Colchester with their 105mm Light Guns Picture: CORPORAL MARK LARNER

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7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7RHA) being inspected by the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst after firing  a gun salute in Colchester Picture: CORPORAL MARK LARNER7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7RHA) being inspected by the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst after firing a gun salute in Colchester Picture: CORPORAL MARK LARNER

With several hundred spectators watching, a battery of six guns from Colchester-based G Parachute Battery (Mercer’s Troop), 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery fired a 21-gun salute in Castle Park at noon on Saturday.

Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst was the Inspecting Officer as the Queen’s representative in the county and The Band of The Parachute Regiment performed a formal marching display before the Royal Salute.

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison, said: “It is a great honour for Colchester Garrison to be a Royal Saluting Station. The salute provides a wonderful occasion for soldiers to put on a show for the people of Colchester and thank them for their support. The gunners and musicians performed impeccably in front of a large and appreciative audience to send our congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen.”

The guns fired were 105 mm Light Guns, the same type used by 7 Para RHA for its operational role with 16 Air Assault Brigade, which is ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice for operations ranging from disaster relief to war fighting.

Gunners from 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery marching on parade prior to firing a gun salute Picture: CORPORAL MARK LARNERGunners from 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery marching on parade prior to firing a gun salute Picture: CORPORAL MARK LARNER

7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7RHA) driving off parade Picture: CORPORAL MARK LARNER7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7RHA) driving off parade Picture: CORPORAL MARK LARNER

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