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Centurion is a car crusher at tank festival


By Newsdesk Diss


Armoured vehicle display (3552974)
Armoured vehicle display (3552974)

A family car is no match for a mighty 50-ton Centurion tank.

The Centurion simply rolled over the car in a demonstration of the formidable fighting power of these war machines at the Norfolk Tank Museum’s Armourfest last weekend.

The two-day display at the museum’s Forncett St Peter base was its most successful so far - an even included a Run What You Bring! invitation to military enthusiasts to test their vehicles over an assault course.

Simon Payne with his dog Is of Wiking a living history group based upon 5th SS Panzer Division (3552965)
Simon Payne with his dog Is of Wiking a living history group based upon 5th SS Panzer Division (3552965)

The visiting vehicles included a Sherman tank which took part in the Brad Pit film Fury, and also on display was the museum’s own Deborah, the First World War replica from Guy Martin’s Build A Tank television programme.

Deborah, a Mk 1V tank, was built at the museum for the Channel 4 series and Forncett is now her permanent home. She was accompanied in Sunday’s demonstrations by First World War re-enactors from the Royal Norfolk Living History group.

A Sabre armoured vehicle on display in the main arena. ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (3552990)
A Sabre armoured vehicle on display in the main arena. ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (3552990)

The festival also included a military vehicle cavalcade, have-a-go archery and a 1940s’ jive and jitterbug hangar dance.

Museum director Stephen Machaye said: “It was absolutely amazing to see members of the public and military enthusiasts come together - and the weather held out too.

“The atmosphere was buzzing and it was a pleasure to see people enjoying the tank demonstrations.

A display by SN Team 1 Airlift team in the main display arena. (3552988)
A display by SN Team 1 Airlift team in the main display arena. (3552988)

“For most, it’s a rarity to witness tanks running around - it’s something the public want to see. It could have been the tank their father or grandfather could have been driving if they had served.

“Armourfest has become one of the leading military events in East Anglia. We had 1,800 people visit this year, which is our sixth. It’s a truly unique event and its set to get bigger and better.”

Mark Halls as Otto, a Fusilier of the German Army from Hanover, as part of the Frontline Solder Society based on a WWI soldier. (3552968)
Mark Halls as Otto, a Fusilier of the German Army from Hanover, as part of the Frontline Solder Society based on a WWI soldier. (3552968)

* More pictures in today's Diss Express



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