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Royal Norfolk Show commemorates the end of the First World War

PUBLISHED: 17:04 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 18 June 2018

Deborah the Tank. Picture: Contributed

Deborah the Tank. Picture: Contributed

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This year’s Royal Norfolk Show stages Norfolk Remembers, a unique commemorative event to mark the centenary of 1918, the year the guns of the First World War finally fell silent.

Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group member Neil Storey. Picture: KAREN BETHELLRoyal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group member Neil Storey. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

A re-enactment of the fighting in the final months of the First World War will enthral the crowds, demonstrating the co-operation between infantry soldiers and the latest innovation in the war, the tank.

Star attraction of the event, which will take place on both days of the show, is Deborah II, the replica Mk IV tank, as seen on Channel 4’s documentary Guy Martin’s First World War tank. It was built in 2017 to the original design, the result of a project between the Norfolk Tank Museum, JCB and Guy Martin. Members of the Royal Norfolk Regiment Living History Group will provide the infantry support.

Narrating the commemoration will be award-winning Norfolk historian Neil Storey, who specialises in 20th century social history.

Also present at the show will be “There But Not There”, an inspiring national commemoration initiative headed up by Army veteran Rowley Gregg MC. With haunting images of Our Tommies and Silhouettes – “There But Not There” – will be the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-18 war.

General the Lord Dannatt. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYGeneral the Lord Dannatt. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

General The Lord Dannatt, patron of “There But Not There” and the Norfolk Tank Museum, says: “The final months of the First World War brought the hope of peace, but the human cost of the war was truly appalling. This demonstration will provide a fitting opportunity for us all to pause, reflect and give thanks for the lives of those who fought and died for our county and our country.”

Neil Storey added: “It has been a great honour for me to me involved in a number of the major events to commemorate special anniversaries of battles, events and heroes over the centenary years 
of the First World War, and it has been proved again and again that the chance for people of all ages to get up close to artefacts and objects gives them a far greater sense of connection with that conflict 100 years ago.

“The combination of tank, troops and ‘There But Not There’ in Norfolk Remembers will make a special addition to the show in 2018 – the centenary year of the end of the First World War.”

Save money with advance tickets to the show at www.royalnorfolkshow.co.uk

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