Video and Photo Gallery: Displays of military vehicles draw in crowds to Norfolk Tank Museum

Norfolk Tank Museum plays host to the military vehicle invasion. Norfolk Tank Museum plays host to the military vehicle invasion.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
8:10 PM

Military vehicles past and present lined up to thrill visitors to a tank museum.

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The Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Mary welcomed the public to its military invasion weekend when there were displays of army vehicles and even a flypast by a fighter plane during the two day event.

On Saturday, two Centurion tanks were paraded to the public along with three armoured cars made by the company Alvis, including a Saladin, a Fox and a Sabre.

There were also military Land Rovers on show, along with a Green Goddess fire engine, the Norwich Vikings Motorcycle Team and a German re-enactment group.

Arguably, one of the more unusual vehicles to put in an appearance was a Hagglunds Bv206 personnel carrier developed for the Swedish army, which can be seen in the TV series Ice Road Truckers travelling on the ice first before the lorries follow on.

Morris Hammond and his P-51 Mustang were set to appear on Sunday, while on the Saturday there was a 1940s hangar dance in the evening.

On Saturday, Stephen MacHaye, curator and chairman of the museum, said the vehicles dated from 1948 to the present day and there were around 20 on show.

He added: “Today’s gone very well. We are really pleased with the turnout.”

Paul Wickens, 37, was visiting with his children Toby, six and Elspeth, three.

He said: “We have really enjoyed seeing the tanks and seeing a man made out of little plastic vehicles. We have never been here before so it seemed like a good opportunity to see some historic vehicles and my boy’s really interested in history.”

Kevin Foley was visiting with children Lucas, nine and Elliott, 10 and wife Nikki.

“It has been brilliant, really good fun. We saw the 4x4s on their run and they were really good,” he said.

• What was your highlight from the military weekend? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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