Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Captain Lori Sharp was selected by the Army in Scotland to fire the world famous one o’clock gun at Edinburgh Castle to highlight the celebration of International Women’s Day.
As the one o’clock gun is not fired on a Sunday, Saturday March 7 was chosen to start the celebrations and Captain Sharp was the first commissioned officer to fire the gun.
Captain Sharp joined the Army Reserve in 2001 before commissioning into the Regular Army in 2006. She is currently posted as Adjutant of 105th Regiment Royal Artillery.
Lori, who said to was a “great honour” to lead the celebrations, has recently returned from a nine-month tour of Afghanistan. She added: “Whilst serving on operations and on deployments I have witnessed first-hand the inequality women face in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and many other parts of the world.
"If this day can make people stop and think about women all over the world and their plight, then International Women's Day will be a wonderful success.”
Commanding Officer of 105th Regiment Royal Artillery, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Ward said: “I think she is the perfect woman to start International Women’s Day as she exemplifies so many of the key qualities of an officer and member of the British Armed Forces. She is a high achiever and her success sets a great example to young women.”
Each year around the world, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur throughout the month to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.