Low-key final salute for guns

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 February, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 February, 1995, 12:00am

THREE historic Hotchkiss guns which have marked royal anniversaries in the territory since the beginning of the century made their last 21-gun salute yesterday - but few people were able to witness the event.

The ceremonial guns, dating from Victorian times, are being moved because they are on the land on which the People's Liberation Army naval base is being built.

They are to be replaced by three small portable saluting guns, which are to be shipped out from Britain.

The Hotchkiss guns' final salute yesterday to mark the 43rd anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne, was seen by only the navy team which fired them. Construction work on the base made access to the press and public too difficult.

Royal Navy Commander Berry Reeves said the guns were unlikely to be used again by the military and could end up in a military museum.