Geordie Gunners salute Queen's 90th birthday in York

The Geordie Gunners at Museum Gardens, York Credit: Corporal Max Bryan RLC

The Geordie Gunners have fired the 21 gun Royal Salute in honour of Her Majesty’s official 90th birthday.

Watched by hundreds of onlookers at Museum Gardens in York, the Army Reserve soldiers from 101st Regiment Royal Artillery, based in Gateshead, fired three 105 mm Light Guns on the stroke of noon.

The three light field guns, which have been used in service in the Falklands and latterly in Afghanistan, were fired at fifteen-second intervals.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE inspected both the Sea, Army and Air Cadets from local detachments, the Band of The Yorkshire Regiment and the Firing Troop from 101 Regiment Royal Artillery (known as the Geordie Gunners).

He was hosted by the Colonel Cadets 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East, Colonel David Fuller OBE MNM DL.

York is one of 12 saluting stations including London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff and is the only one in the North of England.