June 16, 2015

Stirling Castle reverberated to the roar of a 21-gun salute to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. 

The dull weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the large crowd of castle visitors for whom the June 13 event was an unexpected bonus.

The officer taking the salute was Rear Admiral John Clink OBE, the Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland.

Professor Mark Hector – Dean of Dentistry at Dundee Dental School – was the principal civilian guest along with others from the NHS across Scotland.

Guest enjoyed the impeccable drill of 212 (Highland) Battery 105 Regiment Royal Artillery whose precision “gunner” timing was to-the-second perfect.

Following the firing Rear Admiral Clink inspected the crews.

Guests then retired to the Colours Room of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum at the castle for lunch.

An engraved artillery shell to mark the salute was presented to Professor Hector by 105 Regiment.

The Battery Commander was Major Brian Robson who has many such events under his belt and provided a calm and reassuring presence.

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