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York Honours the Queen on Her Birthday

Queen 21 gun salute York 1

6:01am 15th June 2013

A 21-gun salute will take place at midday in York to mark the Official Birthday of HM The Queen.

Music will fill the streets as a military band parades from Duncombe Place, near York Minster, to the Museum Gardens where, on the stroke of noon, gunfire will echo around the city walls.

The senior military host will be Brigadier Greville Bibby CBE, Commander 15 (North East ) Brigade, with the inspecting officer, Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE of The Princes Charities. Providing the saluting troop will be 101 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers). The music and parade will be performed by The Yorkshire Regiment Band.

The three 105mm Light Guns will be fired by members of The Royal Regiment of Artillery– in front of the gathered crowds.

The Salute consists of 21 rounds being fired at 15-second intervals. York is one of 12 saluting stations in Britain, which includes London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and is the only one in the North of England.

That won't be the only celebrations taking place today. Two North Yorkshire women are being given the British Empire Medal.

79 year old Mrs Brenda Mackfall from Scoreby, Gate Helmsley, is being given the British Empire Medal by the Queen for her services to older people as a Nursing Home Entertainer.

She has been entertaining at various homes for the elderly for over 50 years. She performs on her own and also with an entertainment trio. She puts on shows for the elderly at most of the residential homes in and around the City of York Area. On a regular basis she visits the residential homes in the York area and sings to all of the residents giving something back to the community and hoping she brightens up the day for them. She has also raised thousands of pounds which has all been donated to helping the elderly. She has done a lot of fundraising for local charities eg Meningitis Research Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She was also awarded the Charity Fundraiser of the year in 2004 for her Trio Smile and a Song.

Susan Miles from Cawood, near Selby is also being given a British Empire Medal for her services to the community.

She became a supervisor for the village playgroup over a period of six-eight years and, with the church lay preacher, organised discos for the young people. In 2000 she bought the Post Office/Newsagent in Cawood. It was the communicative hub of the village and she recognised this. With a determined effort and a will to succeed, she consolidated the financial security of the business. It has been an outstanding success for the last 12 years, which is an amazing feat. She runs the business very much as a community facility. She has been a consistently loyal supporter of the local All Saints Church. She has taken the initiative in numerous fundraising exercises and events, specifically in aid of the church and its work within the community.

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