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Holly Willoughby and Philip Scholfield give military style entrance thanks to Norfolk museum

PUBLISHED: 16:12 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:37 02 July 2018

Volunteers from the Norfolk Tank Museum with Holly and Phil. Picture: Norfolk Tank Museum

Volunteers from the Norfolk Tank Museum with Holly and Phil. Picture: Norfolk Tank Museum

Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield arrived in military style to the This Morning studio courtesy of the Norfolk Tank Museum.

The duo shocked audiences around the country as they burst into the studio in a British Army Saladin tank from the Forncett St Peter, near Long Stratton, based museum.

Director of the Norfolk Tank Museum Stephen Machaye said: “Their request for a tank came unexpectedly and we had to work quickly to get it organised.

“But we were happy to help and support Armed Forces Day. Two of our volunteers, Nick and Aaron, took the Saladin down and Nick drove into the studio.”

Philip Schofield commented “there was no better way to arrive at work” and Holly added “it was funny how people get out of your way. It really is a beast.”

The 11.3 tonne British Army Armoured Saladin Vehicle has a 76mm gun and is powered by eight cylinder Rolls Royce engines.

It has seen service in the Middle East and Northern Ireland, before entering conservation at the Norfolk Tank Museum.

Holly had some problems getting out of the vehicle and could be heard shrieking when she grabbed the moving ariel thinking it was a hand hold.

After their dramatic arrival, the tank remained in the studio facing the duo who commented how intimidating it appeared.

It was not just Holly and Phil getting in on the tank action as at the Royal Norfolk Show, visitors were fascinated by the appearance of Deborah II, the Norfolk Tank Museum’s replica WW1 MIV tank.

Angela Youngman from the museum said: “It proved an irresistible attraction for visitors, keeping the volunteers permanently busy answering questions.

“The tank was seen in action during the special Norfolk Remembers Grand Ring event, and participated in the closing ceremony.”

The Norfolk Tank Museum is an independent museum housing a collection of 20 tanks and armoured vehicles, including a unique collection of Centurion tanks, a Chieftain Main Battle Tank, a Saladin Armoured Scout Car and a Russian surface to Air missile launcher.

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