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Twilight 21 gun salute fired by Finsbury regiment marks outbreak of WWI

PUBLISHED: 12:40 19 August 2014

The Honourable Artillery Company fire a 21-Gun twilight salute at the Tower of London as part of the commemorative events marking the outbreak of the First World War.  Pic: Jackie Pringle

The Honourable Artillery Company fire a 21-Gun twilight salute at the Tower of London as part of the commemorative events marking the outbreak of the First World War. Pic: Jackie Pringle

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A special 21-gun salute was held by Islington’s Honourable Artillery Company to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

The shots began in twilight and finished in the dark. Pic: Jackie Pringle The shots began in twilight and finished in the dark. Pic: Jackie Pringle

The shots were fired at one minute intervals as crowds looked on the Tower of London’s ceramic poppy installation as the Last Post sounded.

At 9.10pm the first barrage was fired under the late evening sky and by the time the final round was fired 20 minutes later, day had become night.

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