Airborne gunners have fired a Royal Salute in Colchester today (June 17) to mark The Queen’s Official Birthday.
With several hundred spectators watching, a battery of six guns from Colchester-based 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA) fired a 21-gun salute in Castle Park at noon.
Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, 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.
Major Paddy Farrell, Battery Commander of F (Sphinx) Parachute Battery Royal Horse Artillery, said: “This is the fifth time my Battery has had the privelege of firing the Royal Salute in Colchester. It is a great honour and an opportunity to show the Battery in all its finery to the public. We’ve been rehearsing through the week and the men enjoyed performing for an appreciative crowd who joined us to send their congratulations to 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.
The guns will again be on public display at the 16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison Show on Saturday July 15. The show demonstrates the Brigade’s equipment and skills, culminating in a combat demonstration by 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.
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