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21-gun salute in Colchester for Queen's official birthday

Hundreds of people gathered in Colchester to watch as airborne gunners fired a Royal Salute in Colchester to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

21-gun salute in Colchester for Queen's official birthday Credit: British Army

A battery of six guns from the Colchester based 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery fired a 21-gun salute in Castle Park at noon.

The Band of The Parachute Regiment performed a formal marching display before the Royal Salute.

“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.”

– Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison

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

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Soldier killed in Cumbria was from Norfolk unit

Sgt Mark Foley who was killed at an army training base in Cumbria

The wife of a Norfolk soldier who was killed at an army training base has described him as her "soul mate and best friend".

Father-of-two Sergeant Mark Foley served with the Light Dragoons based in Swanton Morley near Dereham. He was killed at an army training base in Cumbria while travelling in a military vehicle on Wednesday.

An investigation into the accident, which injured two other soldiers, is under way.

Paying tribute to her husband, Kelly Foley said: "He was my soul mate and my best friend, who always made me laugh. The best dad ever to Emily and Hannah. He loved us, his job and Hull FC. We will miss him so much."

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel James Senior, said: "Sergeant Foley was an exceptionally talented, battle-hardened soldier who embodied everything that is good about our profession.

"A consummate professional, he delivered on operations time and time again, accumulating huge experience on the way."

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Norfolk hosts military exercise

Apache attack helicopters prepare for live firing exercise Credit: Ministry of Defence

Army attack helicopters have been taking part in a live firing exercise in Norfolk.

Pilots and ground crew from Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk are about to leave for a four month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

They have been firing the Apache's 30mm cannon, rearming and refuelling at the Stanford Training area near Thetford.

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Sea horses on parade as Cavalry head for the beach

Having played a starring role in Shakespeare in Love, Holkham beach on the north Norfolk coast is now known around the world for its miles of beautiful white sand.

But long before the Hollywood film, the beach has been a popular holiday destination with people coming back year after year.

Among them, members of the Household Cavalry, who return every summer for a bit of horsing around and a swim in the sea.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

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