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Norfolk’s Armourfest puts tanks to the test

PUBLISHED: 16:26 10 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:13 10 August 2019

Isaac Falcke, nine, tries out a Saracen during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Isaac Falcke, nine, tries out a Saracen during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Some of the military’s most powerful vehicles were put through their paces this weekend as families got the chance to get up-close and personal with tanks.

Visitors take a ride in a Hagglunds BV 206 tracked all-terrain carrier during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYVisitors take a ride in a Hagglunds BV 206 tracked all-terrain carrier during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Armourfest returned on Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, with tanks crushing cars, live action displays and a national memorial.

The popular event, held at the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter, saw hundreds of visitors from around the country.

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Stephen Machaye, director of the museum, said: "It is a privilege to have The Poppy of Honour 2018 with us here in Norfolk."

The family, Jackie and Tony Couldrake, and their son-in-law, Richard Smith, centre, in their First World War trench on display at Armourfest at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe family, Jackie and Tony Couldrake, and their son-in-law, Richard Smith, centre, in their First World War trench on display at Armourfest at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Other military vehicles, including Saladin armoured cars, were put through different challenges in the arena.

The museum is hosting the Poppy of Honour memorial until August 12 which is an 8ft tall poppy shaped glass sculpture surrounded by steel silhouettes of four soldiers. It contains the names and ranks of all 1,115,47`British and Commonwealth serviceman who were lost in the First World War

For more information visit the Norfolk Tank Museum website.










































































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