A Right Royal Time to Celebrate
12:01am 2nd June 2012
Members of the Armed Forces will celebrate the Coronation of Her Majesty the Queen with a bang today (Saturday 2nd June 2012.)
Gunfire will echo around York's Museum Gardens as soldiers from 103 Regiment Royal Artillery (V) fire three 105 mm light guns on the stroke of noon on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend. Cadets from the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC), Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Air Training Corps (ATC) will also take part in this prestigious ceremony that marks the monarch's 60 years on the throne.
Members of the public are invited to watch the Royal Salute, and listen to music from the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band. Brigadier Greville Bibby CBE, Commander of 15 (North East) Brigade and York Garrison and the new Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Keith Hyman will inspect the saluting troop which is based in Jubilee Barracks, St Helens.
Captain Ian Robinson OBE, Chairman of the Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association in Yorkshire and the Humber, said:
"It is a great honour for the cadets to be involved in such a momentous occasion in this very special year. Every one of them is enormously proud and delighted to be taking part, not only in representing their own services, but also as ambassadors for their own communities.
"The cadet forces play a pivotal role in offering young people the opportunity to develop new skills and enjoy a wide range of experiences, and this is certainly an experience which none of them will forget."
The Jubilee celebrations will carry on into the evening as York Barbican hosts a Gala Charity Concert in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity. The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Royal Corps of Signals will perform along with Colne Valley Male Voice Choir.
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