Birthday gun salute

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A GUN was fired in Gosport yesterday to officially mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday.

Prince Philip, who turned 92 yesterday, is in hospital recovering from abdominal surgery.

The 21-gun salute was fired at noon at Fort Blockhouse at Gosport at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour by six specialist gunnery instructors from HMS Collingwood at Fareham.

Petty Officer Chris Blake, based at HMS Collingwood, was the Gunnery Officer in charge of the team.

The team also trains naval personnel in close range weapon systems.

There will be a similar gun salute on Saturday to mark the Queen’s official birthday. Another gun firing took place last week to mark 60 years since the Queen’s coronation.

The portable 19th century gun at Fort Blockhouse has been firing salutes since it was acquired by the Royal Navy in 1957.