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Royal Navy 21-gun salute to mark The Queen's birthday

Crowds watching a gun salute in Hampshire

The Royal Navy will mark the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with a 21-gun salute at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport today.

The event is one of many taking place at military establishments across the country. At Portsmouth's Naval base, Royal Navy ships will celebrate with flags displayed along their sides.

"The Royal Navy in Portsmouth always celebrates the Queen's birthday in this way, but this year is obviously extra special as it marks such a significant milestone for Her Majesty."

– Commander David Hilton, Naval Base services manager
The 19th century gun which fires salutes at Fort Blockhouse was acquired by the Navy in 1957

Schoolboy, 8, collects 1,000+ tins of food for foodbank

Ronnie, aged 8, has become a 'foodbank hero'

A kind-hearted schoolboy is being praised by charities tonight - for his incredible effort to fill the shelves at his local foodbank.

Eight-year-old Ronnie Hazlie, from Gosport, was so moved after watching a documentary on television that he decided to start his own online campaign. He even asked for tins of food, instead of presents, for his birthday.

Ronnie has since collected more than 11-hundred tins for people in need. Richard Jones has his inspirational story.

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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston: "I want to know why this happened"

Sarah Young was taking part in the year-long race on the IchorCoal boat Credit: ITV Meridian

A round the world sailor who was swept to her death was not tethered to her yacht, it has emerged.

Sarah Young, 40, was the second crew member to have died on the vessel in the last six months. Andrew Ashman from Kent, died while taking part in the Clipper round the world yacht race last year.

The deaths are the first in the Clipper race in 20 years.

Her death is now being investigated by race organisers.

People tweet their tributes to sailor who died in Clipper Race

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RYA pays tribute to British sailor

The RYA has paid tribute to Sarah Young Credit: RYA

"The RYA is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of crew member Sarah Young (40) whilst competing on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

"Sarah was one of the crew aboard the IchorCoal boat (CV21) and her next of kin have been informed.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with Sarah’s family, friends, her fellow crew members and the wider Clipper family.

"A full investigation will be carried out, as is standard practice, into the incident in cooperation with the appropriate authorities.

"Race Officials are supporting the Skipper and crew through this tragic ordeal."

Sailor dies in Clipper Round the World race

Credit: Clipper Race

A sailor has died taking part in the Clipper round the world race - which started in Gosport.

Sarah Young, 40, a company owner from London was knocked from her position by a wave.

She was not tethered onto the yacht at this time and was swept away in strong winds.

The Clipper Race had been on her bucket list for some years, and she said celebrating her 40th birthday just before setting sail was the perfect way to start the adventure.

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