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Restored D-Day troop carrier highlight of military heritage rally

Harold Payne, on the DUKW he has spent �35,000 restoring. Picture: Chris Bishop

Harold Payne, on the DUKW he has spent �35,000 restoring. Picture: Chris Bishop

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A restored amphibious troop carrier which took part in the D-Day landings was the star of the show at a military heritage rally.

Vehicles on display included those from more recent conflicts, such as Afghanistan. Picture: Chris BishopVehicles on display included those from more recent conflicts, such as Afghanistan. Picture: Chris Bishop

Hotelier Harold Payne from Holbeach, Lincolnshire, has spent £35,000 restoring the DUKW he bought from Hunstanton businessman William Searle two years ago.

It drew admiring glances as crowds flocked to see exhibits dating from both world wars, along with more recent conflicts on Hunstanton’s Green on Sunday.

“It’s been completely restored,” said Mr Payne, 77. “If you don’t keep history alive, it dies.”

Along with Second World War exhibits, the show also featured vehicles like those used in conflict in Afghanistan.

Veterans� charities were well-represented.  Picture: Chris BishopVeterans� charities were well-represented. Picture: Chris Bishop

The Peterborough Highland Pipe Band performed a rousing display despite the heat. Pipe Major Kinross Kebbell said: “Everything dries up and gets harder and harder to blow.”

Veterans’ charities were also well-represented.

Enthusiasts pore over one of the vehicles on display at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris BishopEnthusiasts pore over one of the vehicles on display at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

A dancer performs a reel with the Peterborough Highland Pipe Band. Picture: Chris BishopA dancer performs a reel with the Peterborough Highland Pipe Band. Picture: Chris Bishop

Pipe Major Kinross Keppell leads the Peterborough Highland Pipe Band. Picture: Chris BishopPipe Major Kinross Keppell leads the Peterborough Highland Pipe Band. Picture: Chris Bishop


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