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Military enthusiasts to showcase vehicles on Norfolk tour

PUBLISHED: 13:22 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:35 15 March 2018

Norfolk Military Vehicle Group display at the Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2017. Picture: Taz Ali

Norfolk Military Vehicle Group display at the Sandringham Game and Country Fair 2017. Picture: Taz Ali

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Military enthusiasts are set to hold their first tour of mid-Norfolk and showcase their huge range of restored vehicles.

Charles Warren of the Norfolk Military Vehicle Group. Picture: Sonya DuncanCharles Warren of the Norfolk Military Vehicle Group. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The Norfolk Military Vehicle Group will exhibit a number of vehicles when their new road run event begins at Morrisons supermarket in Dereham this weekend.

The organiser of the event called it an “experiment” to see how popular it will be and if it proves a success then they will make it an annual fund raising event for charity.

“This is the first time we’ve done something this big,” said Michael Curtis of the military group.

“We go to a lot of events, agricultural shows and steam rallies and when we receive money to attend we give a lot of it to charity.

“We have around 270 members in the group and if the weather is good I hope we’ll see up to 30 or 40 vehicles. However, this is something of an experiment and it will be dependent on weather. Some of these vehicles are 70 or 80 years old and cherished so the owners don’t like to get them in a bad state if the weather is poor.”

The convoy is expected to include a range of jeeps, trucks and staff cars from the Second World War era.

It will begin at Morrisons supermarket in Dereham at 10am Sunday morning and then head to Bylaugh Hall, near Swanton Morley, where Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower are known to have met during World War 2.

They will then travel to the Fakenham industrial estate where they will visit a private lorry collection owned by road transport company, Jack Richards.

Their final stop will be at Attlebridge and the former home of the US Air Force’s 466th Bomb Group.

“Most of these vehicles don’t do much more than 40mph so we’ll stick to the back roads and avoid inconveniencing other road users,” Mr Curtis continued.

“If this is successful we hope to run another one next year and we’ll aim it at raising money for a charity.”

The Norfolk Military Vehicle Group was formed in 1977 and through their various fund raising activities they have donated to military charities such as the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Royal British Legion.

For more information visit the group’s website.

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