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Student Andreas to fire gun salute for the Queen

Andreas Stradis

Andreas Stradis

Press release issued: 31 May 2012

A student from the University of Bristol will be at the heart of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend. Andreas Stradis, 25, is part of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) and will be playing a key role in the two gun salutes at the Tower of London as part of the historic celebrations which will be viewed across the world.

Andreas Stradis, 25, is part of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) and will be playing a key role in the two gun salutes at the Tower of London as part of the historic celebrations which will be viewed across the world.

The first gun salute will mark Coronation Day on Saturday (2 June) and the second will greet a flotilla of 1,000 boats as it sails down the Thames on Sunday as part of the centrepiece Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

The historic act will see a total of 62 rounds fired from three guns stationed at Gun Wharf – a special occasion which Andreas, who is studying for a Masters in Classics and Ancient History, is proud to be part of.

Gun salutes are customarily fired, both on shore and at sea, as a sign of respect or welcome and the HAC is well-known for such ceremonial duties as the British Army’s oldest regiment. 

Andreas, who lives at Wills Hall and has been part of the HAC for two years, said: “It's a great privilege to be marking the occasion for the Queen and to be able to take part in the ancient traditions of the regiment and the country as a whole. In 21st century England, with its wealth of cultures and unprecedented diversity, I think it's quite nice to have something that the country can be united in celebrating.”

The University of Bristol is also involved in the Diamond Jubilee Pageant courtesy of its logo featuring on two flags being flown on The Matthew, the famous replica ship originally sailed by John Cabot from Bristol to North America, which will be among the flotilla.

And Great George, the nine-and-a-half-ton bell in the tower of the University of Bristol’s Wills Memorial Building, will be one of many bells due to ring out across Bristol at midday to mark the Jubilee on Sunday (3 June).

Bristol University Hot Air Ballooning Society (BUHABS) will be taking part in the Diamond Jubilee Downs Day on Monday (4 June) at Durdham Downs. It will be among a collection of balloons to fly on the Downs for the first time in almost 30 years. All are welcome to come along and watch.