Fancy getting up close to a WW1 tank?

The Norfolk Tank Museum is inviting group travel organisers to a special event

The Norfolk Tank Museum is inviting group travel organisers to a special event on Wednesday 28 March (starting at 3pm) focusing on its new attraction – Deborah, a Mark IV WW1 tank.

During the event, participants will have guided tours inside the tank, as well as other vehicles on site, and have the opportunity to talk to some of the people involved in building it.

Deborah is one of the world’s rarest replica tanks. Built from scratch by TV personality Guy Martin, the Norfolk Tank Museum and JCB last summer for a Channel 4 TV programme, Deborah will be permanently housed at the museum.

The Mark IV tank was the vehicle that transformed trench warfare during the First World War. Mk 1 tanks were used in small numbers during the battles of the Somme and Passchendaele, but it was not until the Battle of Cambrai in 1917 that the first mass tank battle involving over 400 Mark IV tanks took place. Their success marked a major breakthrough in the course of the war.

Very few Mark IV tanks remain. In 2017, NorthOne TV decided to commission a programme about rebuilding a Mark IV tank. Lack of original vehicles meant that it had to be fabricated from scratch using the original designs, even the engine.  It became a very personal project for both Stephen and Neil Duncanson, CEO & Executive Producer at North One as their grandfathers served in Mark IV tanks during the First World War. On Remembrance Day 2017, the team drove the tank onto the Cambrai Battlefield.

The Norfolk Tank Museum contains 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, plus a unique British Army gun collection with weapons from 1850 to the modern day. It is a hands on museum where visitors can actually climb inside the Saladin and Chieftain Battle Tank. Each summer there is a two day ArmourFest when many of the museum’s vehicles can be seen in action, together with visiting armoured vehicles and re-enactment groups. The Norfolk Tank Museum is open between Easter and October and special arrangements can be made for groups.

Want to come along on 28 March?

The Norfolk Tank Museum is on Station Road, Forncett St Peter, Norfolk NR16 1HZ. (Take the A140 to Long Stratton, turn into Swan Lane at the centre of the village and follow the road out of the village for two miles; the Museum is just past the railway bridge). Please contact Angela Youngman on 07751 620243 or email angelayoungman@aspects.net to confirm your attendance.